Lee’s Story

In 2002, Lee had just finished a tour from Kenya as part of The Royal Engineers in the British Army. He was treated for malaria for a short while before being told the news that he had leukaemia, he was 23. Lee was based in Maidstone, Kent and was immediately transferred to the RVI in Newcastle to start his treatment. He underwent 4 gruelling courses of chemotherapy, leaving him very weak and poorly. In October 2002, it was decided that Lee needed a life – saving bone marrow transplant, which was donated by his youngest sister Rebekka. Although he was extremely ill he was given the all clear in 2003. Lee led a wonderful life over the next 10 years, even having 2 more children, James and Emily, after he was told he would never be able to have children again because of his treatment. During this time Lee became involved with Bright Red, a North east based blood cancer charity that supports care, education, research and patients. Lee was passionate about the patient side to Bright Red and understood how difficult it was being a patient. He soon became involved in fundraising and became their first ambassador. In May 2012, he took part in a 500 mile bike ride from John O’Groats to Newcastle to raise awareness and funds for the first Outreach Bright Red nurse, which he completed successfully. A week after completing the bike ride Lee was given the devastating news his leukaemia had returned after 10 years of being in remission. Lee started treatment straight away and received 2 courses of chemotherapy and another bone marrow transplant, this time from an unrelated donor. Unfortunately Lee could not win this fight and was told in June 2013 that his cancer was terminal and he had 4 months to live. However, 3 short weeks later Lee passed away surrounded by his loving family. Lee fought until the last seconds of his life and leaves behind so many people who love and respect him and miss him every single day.

In honour of Lee and his memory, Bright Red decided to rename their patient grants in memory of him.

Lee’s family would like to thank you from the bottom of their hearts for supporting this event and all proceeds will go towards the Bright Red Lee Robson patient grant.

Thank you

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