Every story starts and ends in the same way when it comes to cancer. Many of us have had loved ones, family members or friends affected by it, sometimes there's a happy ending, a lot of the time there isn't.
I was 21, and I received a phone call from my Dad a few hours before work. "Your grandma really isn't well, I think you should probably come and visit."
It was a haunting phone call... my dad is possibly the most stoic and strong willed person you will ever meet and yet I could hear him trying to hold back tears (in the previous 21 years I had managed to remember 3 occasions where he had cried, and one was his wedding day)
I made it back home within 4 hours of that phone call. In the middle of the night in May 2012 Gwenda Clarke sadly passed away but with her entire family by her side.
I saw my dad break down and cry and hug me, it knocked me for 12. I thought about what this meant, a disease so unfair and indiscriminate that it can affect my life role model. Hundreds of people affected by a single diagnosis.. and even scarier now 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 are predicted to have some form of cancer over a lifetime.
Forward 6 years and it has affected all parts of my family, with one of my aunts Caroline and my great grandmother Queenie both sadly passing due to cancer. Its become the norm and its terrifying.
So instead of sitting here hoping it doesn't effect me or my family again, I've decided I'm going to do something about it. Over the next 3 months I'm committing to raising as much money as I physically can with a MINIMUM target of £500
I will be hosting a charity Karaoke night with a raffle and charity rock n roll bingo at the Pub I run, I'll be running a tough mudder and if someone donates a hundred quid I'll do an event of their choosing (providing it doesn't kill me)
The money I raise will help fund life-saving research and to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
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