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Good luck to our colleague Brendon in the London Marathon

April 17, 2018
Asda Biggleswade colleague Brendon Cormano with colleagues

Everyone at our Biggleswade store is cheering on our colleague Brendon Cormano who'll be running the London Marathon this weekend with his fiancee Tanya.

They're raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust after Tanya, who's 27, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015. She's now in remission and doctors have given her the all-clear to take part in the marathon.

Brendon, who's 29, is fresh produce and replenishment manager and has worked at the store for nine years.

He said: "The team here are all getting involved and sponsoring me which is great, and because her story appeared in a local newspaper, customers have been talking about it too and wishing me well.

"Tanya's diagnosis came out of the blue. She's been through radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. She is now in remission, but because the type of leukaemia was so severe, she still needs treatment."

They're raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust because Tanya was treated at the Teenage Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge because the adult unit was full at the time of her diagnosis.

Brendon said: "We both wanted to do something to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and we mentioned doing the London Marathon, even though neither of us have run a full marathon before. We'd found out that the Trust is the London Marathon Charity of the Year for 2018, so we took that as a sign.

"Tanya then got the all-clear from the doctors to run a marathon, so we've been training ever since. It's all got a bit real and scary leading up to it!"

The store's community champion Hayley Kingsbury said: "What Brendon is doing is phenomenal, so there's a lot of support for him in the store.

"He's a larger than life character, a good guy and very hard working. It's a great cause and everyone really is behind him."

You can visit Brendon and Tanya's fundraising page here.