All my dad ever wanted was to watch his girls grow up... He battled every single day for over 9 years of his life to make sure he could do just that.
It has been 10 years, almost to the day of the race since he couldn't fight anymore and left the world of pain to go to a better place. I often think about how I have been able to continue to live my life without him... every girl in the world needs their daddy. But then I remember he made me the person I am today and that is why I am still standing.
My dad, my hero...
He laughed and smiled on days when all I felt like doing was crying.
He put a positive spin on everything... "You’ve got your arms and your legs gal, what more do you need?!" was his favourite.
He continued to provide for us, care for us, parent us and be there for us. His love for us never faltered...
Neither did his dedication and commitment to fighting cancer.
I will never be able to put into words how much I admire this man. And I will never be able to express how much I miss him. It was never part of my plan to share our story when I signed up for this race, nor was it my intention to raise money. But if I can raise something... anything that can contribute to prevent another little girl living her life without her dad, then I will do just that.
I am also running in memory of Janet, an amazing women who cared for me as if I were her own and taught me that having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not a weakness.
And last, but definitely not least, the running man himself, Marcus. For all the years he tried to convince me that running was fun, I am finally doing it! #runformarcus (for anyone who knows me, you will know what a challenge this will be for me to actually achieve 10k!!!)
Alongside raising money for Race for Life, I will make a donation to the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge. They dedicated their time and expertise to give my dad the best possible care… the care he genuinely deserved. They made him comfortable and respected him at a time he needed it the most and for that, I will remain eternally grateful. Both Janet and Marcus were fortunate to be cared for here too.