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Hamilton volunteer's plea to help fund vital research after husband's shock blood cancer diagnosis

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A Hamilton woman is giving back to help fund vital blood cancer research that saved the life of her husband.Jude Irwin, 49, volunteered to raise funds for Blood Cancer UK after her husband Nige was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2016.At the point of diagnosis, it was a bleak picture.

Even with incurable blood cancer and secondary complications, eight years on and thanks to research, he's still here.She’s now asking for volunteers to help raise funds and awareness for the charity so that others diagnosed with blood cancer also benefit.

The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Blood Cancer UK relies on volunteers to join them at events, speaking to local businesses to share their experiences to help make a difference in the blood cancer community.Jude said: “You have to give back, without people giving back, my husband just wouldn’t be here.

How do we ever advance research if we don’t do the hard work of fundraising?“When you’re told there are no options left you have nothing to grasp onto, but when there’s a treatment, there’s hope and it all stems from putting £1 in a bucket or giving up your time to help.”Jude’s son was seven when Nige was diagnosed.

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