On March 3rd 2019, I will race my first half marathon in support of Cancer Research UK. Some of you will know that my father died of cancer just over two years ago. Living without dad has become normal - not being able to speak to him, go to football matches, tell him about my evolving career, or laugh - but the feeling of emptiness; the questions, the sense of injustice; and the wish for one last day together never subsides.
I am certain I am not alone with these feeling because, sadly, cancer is as prevalent as ever and its effects are devastating. However, the breadth and success of treatments is improving and I have every faith that the incredible work of Cancer Research UK will continue to reduce mortality rates caused by cancer.
Some of you may think this isn’t much of a challenge for a ‘runner’ like me, but as I said, this will be my first half marathon and - undoubtedly - it will hurt immensely as I push my limits, but when it gets hard, I will be thinking about my dad and others who have suffered. I’ll never know the pain he went through, yet he was always positive and brave throughout.
Cancer is happening right now, but we can beat it together!
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