Cancer is happening right now, which is why I'm taking part in a Race for Life 10k to raise money and save lives.
My dad was diagnosed with Malignant Rectal Cancer in 2016 aged 61. It was terrifying sat in the hospital with him and receiving the news and then the journey began of chemo therapy and major surgery to save his life. He had to be fast tracked because if he waited any longer he would have been unoperable. It was a very intense time. The hospital staff were excellent and very caring towards him. We are very grateful for the treatment he has received from the NHS. He is still undergoing treatment but he and us never give up the fight and will keep pressing forwards. This is why research is so important. Cancer is a serious reality check and made me realise how much my dad means to me and how lucky I am to have him.
I really enjoy my running as you know. My goal for this year is to improve my speed and general fitness further. I thought this would be an excellent way to get fitter and raise funds at the same time.