June 2017 will be my second Race For Life. Last year, I decided it was time to get fit, and began running with the C25k programme. To keep me focused, I signed up for the 2016 Race For Life. CRUK is an important charity to me. I lost my dad to lung cancer in 2003. Last year, a very good friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - but the improvements and progress that has been made through research meant that he was given pioneering treatment and beat it. This year, a lovely friend I've met through running is batting the monster of breast cancer - but she is far stronger than it is and we know she will win, with the help of our incredible doctors.
It's so important to keep funding the work the CRUK is doing. Maybe more than ever, with EU funding potentially uncertain during these changing times. We have to support our scientists, doctors and all of the amazing people who are fighting cancer on our behalf. Cancer is happening right now, which is why I'm taking part in a Race for Life 5k to raise money and save lives.
Henry Hooch Pooch and I completed the 2016 5k in 40 minutes, and achieved my aim to run the full distance. I raised £330.00 for last year's Race For Life, through the generous donations of my friends, family and colleagues. I'd love to beat both our time and our fundraising amount this year, but any small amount will make a big difference.
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