Falkirk cancer patient Sarah goes the distance for UK charity

A Falkirk woman diagnosed with blood cancer myeloma has now been appointed as the Scottish ambassador for a charity which raises funds to research the disease.

By James Trimble
Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:22 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:26 pm

Sarah Barron (46) has been selected by Myeloma UK to help lead a national fundraising challenge

The perfect candidate for the job, working as a scientist for a pharmaceutical company which manufactures drugs for cancer treatment, Sarah will be taking part in the Four Nations, One Team-Fundraising Challenge, to complete a 100km distance around England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland on an exciting virtual platform.

Part of Myeloma UK’s Hopeful Futures appeal, the initiative will focus on fundraising to tackle the legacy of COVID-19 and the impact it will have on the future diagnosis, treatment and care of myeloma patients throughout the UK.

Falkirk's Sara Barron has been selected to help lead a national fundraising challenge for blood cancer charity Myeloma UK

Sarah was diagnosed with myeloma in 2020 and decided to take on the challenge to help raise funds for Myeloma UK who are the only UK charity to focus exclusively on this incurable form of blood cancer myeloma and its related conditions.

Representing the 24,000 people in the UK with myeloma, the charity aims to drive better outcomes through its research, treatment access, healthcare services improvement, and patient and carer information and support programmes.

Sarah said: “Since my diagnosis, I have received so much support from Myeloma UK. Most of the literature I received and information we have has come from Myeloma UK.

"My husband, Gordon, has found the website and Facebook pages useful for checking symptoms and talking to other people in a similar situation. I think Myeloma UK is brilliant, it’s great to know that there is specific support so easily available and that’s the reason I try and fund raise for them whenever possible.

“When I found out I had been nominated as an ambassador for Scotland for the Four Nations, One Team Challenge I felt incredibly flattered. I love the idea of the challenge.

“I can’t wait to get started and anyone can get involved which makes it appealing, so hopefully, more people will get involved too. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to sign up for this challenge and support Myeloma UK.”

The challenge launches on April1 lasting until April 30 but participants can sign up now through the Myeloma UK website.