Kamal Aftab, aged 33, an optometrist at Worksop Specsavers has recently been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Although most may turn to despair, Kamal is determined to continue his charity work whilst undergoing a three month treatment programme at St James Hospital in Leeds.
Marathon with a difference
Over the next three months Kamal aims to complete his very own hospital marathon within the walls of his five square metre room, armed with a pedometer and a smile. He has set out to raise over £50,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The team at Worksop Specsavers will be supporting Kamal throughout his treatment by ‘Clocking up some kilometres’ with a series of events including a spinathon, staff walk, bake sale and much more. On Saturday 26th July the optician’s store director, Craig Muress will also be dedicating his marathon trail at Snowdon Mountain to Kamal and his chosen charity.
Craig said: 'We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Kamal. However we want to join him in his quest to raise vital research funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma. The team have already been so supportive; we’re all behind him 100%. The support from the local community has been fantastic so far and we hope to see it continue over next coming months.
'I myself will be climbing Snowdon next week. All funds raised will be donated to help Kam hit his target.'
To keep up to date on Kamal’s progress or to donate to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research please visit: www.justgiving.com/hospitalchallenge