Employees of Balluff Limited, a world leading manufacturer of sensor technology for industrial automation, participated in the Chester Half Marathon on May 15, raising over £1500 for two fantastic charities - Myeloma UK and Alzheimer's Research UK.
John Radford, Adrian Sorsby and Andrew Blears successfully completed the 13.2 mile race across Chester.
Managing Director, John Radford of Balluff Ltd, completed the run in aid of Myeloma UK, a cause close to his heart. The charity deals exclusively with Myeloma, a type of cancer which affects multiple places in the body where bone marrow is normally active in an adult. It can affect areas such as the spine, skull, hips, legs and arms. Unlike many other cancers Myeloma does not exist as a lump or a tumor and most of the medical problems related to Myeloma are caused by the build-up of the abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow and the presence of paraprotein in the blood or urine.
Supporting the charity, John said: " I wanted to raise awareness of Myeloma and the good work being undertaken by Myeloma UK. Three months ago my brother was diagnosed with a form of myeloma. Sufferers of this type of cancer suffer pain, bone disease and fatigue. The disease is not well enough understood and too many people are in need of a cure, a solution and some help getting through it."
Andrew Blears, Account Manager at Balluff, ran for Alzheimer's Research UK. The charity funds exploration into the disease in the hope to make a real difference to peoples lives and create a world free from fear and harm of dementia.
Andrew said: "I am fundraising on behalf of Alzheimer's Research as the work they do can help reduce the number of people affected by this heart-breaking condition in the future. My Dad suffers from a form of dementia, so it's something I've closely observed and experienced. If we can help anyone avoid these difficulties then it must be worthwhile putting in a bit of support."