Over the last few years, I've seen an increased number of close friends, family, and colleagues affected by cancer. The indiscriminate nature of the disease in its many forms has been brought home to me by the variety of ages and backgrounds of those involved.
Thanks to the huge advances that have been made, most of them have been successfully treated, but it's clear that there is still a long way to go in the research of this disease in its many forms.
The various 2020/21 lockdowns gave me an opportunity to reflect on the blessed position I find myself in, regarding my own health and good fortune in life, and I have resolved to take these things less for granted in the future.
One area I’ve focused on has been around making the most of my generally good health and improving my overall fitness. I started running last Summer and, having initially been a reluctant runner, I’ve made some significant progress, running between 5k and a half marathon distances, 3 times a week.
I am now planning to participate in the 2021 'Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris', which is scheduled for October 17th 2021, and I am taking the opportunity to support those friends affected by cancer by raising awareness and donations for Cancer Research UK.
I am both nervous and excited by the challenge of my preparations over the coming months, but I know that the added impetus from any donations made will help me during those days when I need extra motivation.
Many thanks in advance for any donations and PLEASE if you notice anything different in yourself, even the smallest thing, take time to talk to your GP. It may be nothing, but you give yourself the chance of catching cancer early.