1 in a million survivor - reborn to climb!

2019 Kilimanjaro Trek
18 Sep 2019

1 in a million survivor - reborn to climb!

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Sam Castro

Total raised


+ £102.50 Gift Aid

34 Complete
34% of £5,000.00 target

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My name is Sam Castro. In August 2020 I will be taking part in a 12 day expedition to climb the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. At 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level, the summit of Kilimanjaro is a long way up! I will be undertaking some serious fitness training in the 6-9 months prior to the trek and I will be climbing a large number of mountains in the UK in preparation. Keep an eye out for updates on my progress!

I want to take on this huge challenge for two main reasons:

1. In April 2020 I will be celebrating 5 years post bone marrow transplant after surviving a rare 1 in a million blood disease.

2. During my 3 year recovery period I lost several members of my family to cancer and so this is in memory of those loved ones with the aim of raising as much money as possible.

In particular, my mother-in-law, Carol Adamson, who was also my dear friend. After my bone marrow transplant, Carol looked after me for two weeks before I was able to return home and for the following 6 months she drove me to my clinic appointments twice a week. Latterly when Carol was diagnosed with lung cancer I was able to spend time with her and after she lost the option to drive, I was able to take Carol to various places that she enjoyed. We became close friends and would often sit and chat in an afternoon. Our serious health problems provided a unique connection between us and we were often able to discuss treatment side-effects in the knowledge that we had both suffered with them. Carol was the best mother-in-law I could have hoped for and an amazing Nannie to my four children.

Please share this page and give generously to Cancer Research UK, they focus on cutting-edge research and promoting awareness in an effort to reduce the number of lives taken from cancer.

In loving memory of Carol Adamson, Sue Castro and Anthony O’Hare.

Here’s some interesting facts about me and if you’re interested you can read my story by clicking the link below:

1. In the 12 months following May 2014, I received more than 30 litres of transfused blood from generous donors!

2. My blood group is different to that which I was born with. I was born A- and now I’m O+!

3. I have two sets of DNA. A blood test would reveal different DNA to a test from my saliva!

To read my story please click on the link below – don’t forget to donate and share this page first though! Thank you!

Cancer is happening right now, which is why I’m fundraising right now for Cancer Research UK. There’s no time to lose!

Donate to my page today and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Latest updates


Liam Kitto



+£5.00 Gift Aid

Huge respect for you Sam. All the best for this endeavour!!


Tony and Rosemary



+£7.50 Gift Aid

Great to support you in your challenge to climb Kilimanjaro Sam.
We will be following your progress.
God bless you.


Eloise Pollard



+£5.00 Gift Aid

David Castro



Your a winner. Really proud of you.






+£12.50 Gift Aid

Hey Sam this is an amazing thing you are doing. I really wanted them brownies. I read it out to my family so I added their donations too. Good luck.





Total raised£1,721.70



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