Stevenage teen leukaemia survivor completes triathlon for Cancer Research UK

Stevenage teenager Corey Jode has raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK. Picture courtesy o

Stevenage teenager Corey Jode has raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK. Picture courtesy of Kelly Stevens. - Credit: Archant

A teenager who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of one has completed a triathlon and raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Corey Jode, who lives in Stevenage, took part in a triathlon at Grafham Water Centre in Huntingdon, completing a 10-mile run, 37.5-mile cycle ride and 3,000 metres in a canoe in a total of five hours.

Corey, who is now 17 and is a former pupil of The Barclay School in Stevenage, said: “I am so proud of myself and my peers, as is my family of me.

“The joy that has come from doing this and the impact the donations will have is what has made it all worth giving everything I had.

“I’d recommend it to other people to do, as anyone can do it as long as you set your mind to it, just as I did.

“To everyone who donated, I am so thankful to you as you made me realise just how important doing this triathlon for Cancer Research UK really was. It gave me extra motivation to give everything I had and I did my best.

“Thank you so much for donating. The amount raised is incredible and I can’t thank people enough.

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“There were 17 of us doing the triathlon for our own causes and reasons and we all did incredibly well.”

Corey’s step mum, Kelly Stevens, said: “We are so very proud of Corey’s selfless efforts and his continuing support of his chosen charity.

“At the age of one he was diagnosed with leukaemia, which affected his family terribly, but thankfully he recovered at the age of five.

“Being the lad that he is, he has always wanted to help others and give support to those who have found themselves in a similar situation.

“Raising so much money for Cancer Research UK is huge for a lad of 17 who is studying for his A-levels, working part-time and finding the time to be a football referee.”

You can still support Corey by making a donation online at

Corey, who took part in the triathlon on July 13, said: “It would mean the world if you could donate to support me. Thanks to everyone who is able to.”

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