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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Father releases charity album

AN Ovingham man whose four-year-old daughter is recovering from leukaemia has put his feelings into music to raise money for research into blood cancers.

Jenna Bradley was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in August 2011 and since then her father, Jonathan, has undertaken a series of challenges in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

As part of his campaign, he revisited his days as an avant garde composer to release an album that reflected the emotional upheaval that accompanies a leukaemia diagnosis.

Enemy in the Blood, also mirrors, through musical phrasing, the chemotherapy sequences that are a crucial part of the treatment.

“Since Jenna was diagnosed with ALL, I felt a great urge to exert whatever control I could on the situation and figured that helping to raise money was probably the best way of channelling my efforts,” he said.

“Raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research means better treatments and cures for patients with blood cancer.”

Around 30,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma in the UK each year.

In Jenna’s case, acute tiredness was the first symptom to manifest itself. At first, her parents assumed she had a virus – until bruise-like rashes appeared on her arms and legs.

Following her diagnosis, she was given an immediate blood transfusion, followed by steroid treatment, and chemotherapy, bringing about the usual side effects.

Jenna suffered extreme drug reactions, but now looks to be at low risk of relapse.

On top of his music, Jonathan, who runs a photography business, raised over £500 by having his legs waxed.

In the spring, he will be generating further funds through a sponsored bike ride from Carlisle to Newcastle with former Olympic champion, Yvonne McGregor MBE.

Enemy in the Blood is available on iTunes and is set to be released on other sites including Spotify and Amazon. To preview and buy the tracks visit https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/enemy-in-the-blood/id595847769.

To support Jonathan’s fund-raising, visit www.justgiving.com/bradleyphotography

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