So 2016 was the year that most people wish they could forget, and that was certainly true for our families and friends. It was the year that two sisters from two families were separately diagnosed with cancer in their mid-30s; one an aggressive form of breast cancer, and one an aggressive and rare type of liver cancer. Very sadly, Julie, survived only eight weeks from diagnosis and passed away in August, the battle never truly beginning because there was simply not enough time.
The other sister, Lynsey, in true stroppy fashion, underwent a mastectomy, six months of chemotherapy, three weeks of radiotherapy and various other bits and bobs in between and ongoing. The battle was fought and won due to the medications and treatments now available thanks to ongoing investment in research and development.
Breast cancer research has advanced phenomenally thanks to constant fundraising efforts, and we want to contribute to that, but more importantly, we want to raise awareness and money for desperately needed research into rarer, aggressive types of cancer that currently go undetected until it is too late. The hope being that more and more sisters survive the C-word for good!
Ally, Athena, Helen and Lynsey are walking 26 miles overnight in Julie's memory and we really hope that you will dig deep and help support us to keep fighting the fight. Anything you can donate would be amazing and will spur us on through the night!
So we did it! It hurt a lot but the support of the other striders, the volunteers, friends and family and, of course, each other on the night, kept us going. It was very emotional crossing the finish line in memory of Julie and as a conclusion to the treatment battle so recently conquered.
Thanks once again for the amazing support and lovely comments in the days since the marathon. Still time to donate before we close the page and help fund the fight against the C-word!
The official bit:.....
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