In memory of my amazing brother; Great North Run rookie in charity pledge.Byline: Dave Black
David Black (April 19, 1892 - October 27, 1936) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in the Federal League from 1914 through 1915 for the Chicago ChiFeds/Whales (1914-1915) and Baltimore Terrapins
CARING Matthew Petini is racing ahead with plans to raise money in memory of his 'amazing' brother who tragically died at just 18.
Matthew, 22, will be raising money for the charity Leukaemia Research - as a tribute to brother Danny - when he competes in the world''s biggest half-marathon on September 20.
Student Danny passed away surrounded by his family on New Year's Day New Year's Day, among ancient peoples the first day of the year frequently corresponded to the vernal or autumnal equinox, or to the summer or winter solstice. In the Middle Ages it was celebrated among Christians usually on Mar. 25. last year after being diagnosed with leukaemia the previous summer.
Danny, who lived with Matthew, youngest brother Joseph and their parents, Enrico and Janet, in Hepscott Park, Morpeth, was expected to respond well to treatment.
But his condition deteriorated and he was found to be also suffering from haemophagocytic syndrome, a rare and little understood blood disorder.
Danny, a sports science student at Northumberland College in Ashington, was a karate and boxing enthusiast who was on a model agency's books and had already taken part in his first TV advertisement.
Now Matthew is doing daily gym work and stepping up his road mileage in the hope of completing the Bupa-sponsored, 13.1-mile race from in less than three hours -and helping others caught in Danny''s situation.
He said: "Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia in July 2007 and while he was being treated he picked up a rare blood disorder. He unfortunately passed away on January 1, 2008. Daniel suffered terribly while he was ill, but he was so brave. He was such a caring young man who had so many friends and he is missed greatly by all his family and friends.
"Even when he was very ill himself, he was always worrying and concerned about the young children with leukaemia Children With Leukaemia is a registered charity (no. 298405) inaugurated in 1988 by Diana, Princess of Wales in memory of Jean and Paul O'Gorman. The charity supports and organises events and money raising to aid children struck with leukaemia. and other blood cancers on his ward at hospital.
"I want to raise as much money as possible in memory of an amazing brother, so I can help others who are fighting against leukaemia.
"I''m really looking forward to taking part in the Great North Run and I''m sure it will be a fantastic day.'''' Matthew hopes to raise pounds 1,000 for Leukaemia Research, which is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma myeloma /my·elo·ma/ (mi?e-lo´mah) a tumor composed of cells of the type normally found in the bone marrow.
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Kate White, director of fundraising for the charity, said Matthew will be joining celebrities from TV shows such as Emmerdale, Coronation Street and The Bill - led by former Olympics star Liz McColgan - in taking part in the GNR GNR Gram-negative rods Infectious disease Bacilli that don't absorb gram stain–ie, are pink; most clinically important GNRs are coliforms: Enterobacteriaceae–eg, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Shigella for Leukaemia Research this year.
Matthew, who is hoping to join the police, said: "This is very much in memory of Daniel."
You can support Matthew by visiting www.justgiving.com/mattpetini
BEST OF FRIENDS Brothers Matthew Petini, left, with Danny who died of leukaemia after a brave fight.