My name is Steph Baron, I am a Junior doctor. I am a firm believer that one day we will have a cure for all cancers.
My life has wholly been shaped by losing someone to cancer. My Dad passed away when I was only little from a brain tumour. He, my Mum and the rest of the family fought valiantly but for him it wasn't meant to be and after only a short 9 months since diagnosis he passed away.
I truly believe that this part of my life turned out to be the main reason I went into medicine, to take my place amongst those who gave so much to my Dad and the family. Treatment is evolving for brain tumours - slower than most cancers but is still it IS evolving. The Government have just pledged to input more money into the research of treatment specifically of brain tumours, something that previously had never been specified.
But it's not just my Dad, another wonderful human, my finance's Mum, has just started her 2nd battle against cancer. I have never met someone with such hope, determination and strength as her. The work of cancer research, gave her a 2nd chance when she was first diagnosed over 10 years ago, without which she wouldn't have been able to watch her sons grow up & go to University, travel the world, and meet her love.
She is exceptionally strong and hopeful and that should never be underestimated.
It is Denise who has inspired me to run this marathon and raise as much money and awareness as possible.
In the face of all adversity, to stay strong and dig deep.
(and as you might guess, after 26.4 miles sheer determination and digging deep is much needed)
So please give what you can, however small, and if you see me running through Holmfirth at some god forsaken time please do toot your horn and wave - it really does make a difference.
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