So many people are affected by cancer, both directly and indirectly. I'm running 13 miles in the Great North Run to show my love for 5 such people:
Aunty Val struggled with breast cancer for many years and had a mastectomy. Her cancer came back a number of times and she withstood lots of treatment for many years. She passed away last year after a long struggle. She was a very kind and loving woman and I would like to run in her memory.
My Mum had bowel cancer a few years ago and was much luckier - today she is back to full health after fighting hard and drinking lots of disgusting Clean Prep along the way. I'm running to celebrate the fact that she survived.
My sister Karen is on the front line as a bowel screening practitioner. She's one of those people that has the terrible job of telling people they have cancer, and the amazing job of telling people they don't. Either way she is helping people to beat cancer every day. I'm running for her because I'm proud of her and I admire her strength.
An awesome friend is recovering from an operation and learning how to get around without his big toe - definitely a challenge, but one he takes with determination and positivity. I'm running for him to help him keep smiling and laughing and making the world a happier place.
Finally, a close friend who is taking the unthinkable in her stride. I can't find the right words sometimes, so I hope that running for you shows you how much I proper love you.
Please help me to make a difference by donating a little something to Cancer Research and honouring these 5 extraordinary people.