Following his exploits on the Swim4Leukaemia event, City of Sheffield and Team England Commonwealth Games swimmer Lewis Coleman has been awarded a prestigious honorary role at leading UK blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Coleman will take up a role as Sports Ambassador for the charity, using his sporting expertise to raise awareness of blood cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma. His mum, Mags, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in June 2012 and after her initial chemotherapy was unsuccessful, she was entered onto a clinical drugs trial before undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2013. It was that trial which was the motivation behind Swim4Leukamia.
Lewis said: “My world was rocked when Mum was diagnosed with leukaemia and I wanted to do my bit so that more people can have access to new drugs and clinical trials. It’s a real honour for me to become Sports Ambassador for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The charity does amazing work researching blood cancer, and I have seen first-hand what its great work can do to help save lives. I’m really excited to be part of that.”