Lucy Goldman: “Why I’m committed to continuing my father’s legacy at Leuka.”

27th March 2014

Lucy Goldman is the daughter of the late Professor John Goldman – a pioneer in using bone marrow transplant to cure chronic myeloid leukaemia. Here she tells us why she’s committed to continuing her father’s legacy at Leuka, and why she ran the London 10k…

Lucy Goldman running a 10k

“My dad would be having a right laugh that I’m putting on my running shoes and running. I think he’d be really chuffed but find it hilarious. I don’t know if you know about the Goldmans, but my dad would literally take his car to the corner store – so for me to be riding my bicycle and running with a trainer, he’d be extremely proud.

I’ve got a very personal connection to Leuka – it’s my dad’s charity and I’ve seen the transformation it has made in the world of chronic myeloid leukaemia. It’s very tangible for me – dad used to come home with a big black cloud over his head because he’d lost another patient, then, as the years went by, this happened less and less and then suddenly it wasn’t happening at all.

After my dad’s death I got to meet a lot of his patients. These people were alive because others made the effort – whether it was putting in an extra hour at the lab, or raising funds – they were here because of this. It had real poignancy for me and it became clear that I wanted to do all I could.

My dad’s legacy is very important to me now; it’s one of the few things we’ve got left that my sister Cassie, brother Jasper and I, can be part of. I’d like to see Leuka continue doing the things it has always done – funding world-class research and supporting scientists at the Hammersmith and other centres in the UK. We are all incredibly committed to Leuka and are looking forward to the next major advancement that the charity will be part of. We’ve seen first hand that if young scientists can get seed funding, then little ideas can turn into big, life changing realities.

I disliked every single minute of the run, but am using the experience as an incentive to find alternative ways to fundraise in the future.”