Leukaemia journalist scoops award for cancer blog

An online journalist who was given months to live after being diagnosed with two kinds of leukaemia has scooped a top national award for his blog.

Adrian Sudbury, former online editor for the Huddersfield Examiner, picked up the best online feature award at the Guild of Health Writers Awards in London – just weeks after being given the all-clear by doctors after a successful bone marrow transplant.

Sudbury, 26, won the award for his Baldy Blog which he began after being diagnosed with the disease.

The judges were impressed by how Sudbury’s blog, explained his condition and treatments in an interesting and accessible way.

Sudbury wrote on his blog: ‘After the event lots of people involved with the Guild came up to me and said how good they thought the blog was and how it had helped debunk some of the myths surrounding leukaemia and bone marrow transplants. To be recognised by such esteemed professionals was truly rewarding.”

In other categories, Sarah Boseley of The Guardian won best consumer health feature, Neil Hallows of BMA News won best trade or specialist feature and Jane Feinmann picked up best overall freelance for a piece in The Independent.

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