Leeds Pretty Muddy Kids 2019
1 Jun 2019

Sarah's Race for Life

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Sarah Manson

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I'm taking on a Race for Life Pretty Muddy to raise money to beat cancer

In memory of

Jack Chappell

I am doing Pretty Muddy on 1st June 2019 for Cancer Research.
So here goes... here’s my story...
Over the years I have done a lot of fundraising for different charities. I don’t want to be depressing or make people cry nor do I want sympathy. This however is one charity that is really close to my heart.

My grandad Jack sadly lost his battle with lung cancer in October 2011. It was a complete shock. August 2011 He had no symptoms other than this niggling chest pain that he kept experiencing. He went to hospital and as a precaution before discharging him the hospital did a scan of his lungs. I remember the fun and the laughs we had in the hospital waiting for the results. The silly faces he pulled, the silly songs he sung, complaining about the food grandma had chosen for him. Complaining about grapes of all things. You couldn’t see that he was ill. That’s when it all changed. We were told to gather loved ones for the results of the scan AND there it was as clear as day the moment nothing would ever be the same again. There were so many of us in the room, however when the news was delivered you could hear a pin drop. The silence, the moment you feel all the air escape your body. Still. Nothing. Nobody was prepared for the news that he had Terminal Lung Cancer. The predicted outcome - 3/6 months. The countless trips to hospital for Radiotherapy. The stroke he experienced. He lasted 8 weeks. I remember that day so vividly why, because it was the last day I ever saw my grandad smile, laugh and I mean belly laugh or tell me one of his silly jokes.

I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It’s slow, it’s painful, it’s horrendous and it’s completely heart breaking watching someone fade before your very eyes. The worst thing in the world is seeing someone you love, suffer in pain and feel you can’t do anything to help them. All you want to do is ‘Fix’ them, end the pain and go back to how things used to be. My grandad wasn’t a ‘typical candidate’ for lung cancer he wasn’t a smoker. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care, it can hit anyone at anytime.

Cancer is real, cancer is a thief, cancer sucks!

As cancer affects 1 in 3 of us I’m sure many of you have your own experiences with cancer, losing a loved one, knowing a survivor or being a survivor yourself. Sadly we didn’t find a cure for cancer in my grandads lifetime, however I have hope that we WILL find a cure in my children’s lifetime.
Sarah, Lynne, Susi, Zoe, Heather, Jack (5) Sasha (12) and Ollie (12) are working together as a group to raise money towards Cancer Research. If by doing this it saves 1 person, means 1 more survivor or helps to stop someone feeling the same hurt or pain then it’s all been worth while.

If you are able to sponsor us as little as £1 or share the post it would be greatly appreciated.

Join us TO END cancer; Together we can make a difference 🤞🏼

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