After starting to exercise again at home (after a tough couple of years) I decided I really needed something to focus on to keep me going. For the last couple of years I've wanted to take part in fundraising but never got round to it. This year was different..no more putting it off, so I signed up for Race For Life to raise money for Cancer Research. Sadly our families and friends have been affected by this shitty disease time and again so it was a cause close to my heart.
I'm running in memory of some wonderful, much-loved people who I'd like to tell you about....
My Auntie Sylvia, (one of my Mum's older sisters) - born an albino and registered blind. The most positive person I have ever met despite her disability. Warm, caring, funny and always laughing. Taken by stomach cancer. Married to my lovely Uncle for over 40 years, he's been lost without her.
My Mum-in-law Doreen (Steve's Mum) - strong, generous, totally wonderful and had a brilliant laugh. We shared lots of birthdays (11th & 12th July) and lots of lovely times. I remember laughing until we cried...I had known her since I was 16. I cherish the letter she wrote to me before she died. She was taken by lung cancer at 57. Our boys never got to meet their fabulous other Grandma, we miss her so much.
Paul (Steve's younger brother) - never had a bad word to say about anyone. Totally genuine, saw the good in everyone. Caring, funny and one of the nicest, most decent people you could ever meet. For 3 years we were the best of friends and rarely apart. He was my first boyfriend at 16 until I moved away to college. We remained friends and met up in our home town. He fought 3 brain tumours with total courage and amazing bravery. He lost his fight aged 24..I will never forget to day my Mum gave me the devastating news.
Jane - I remained friends with Jane and older brother Ant when I split up with my art college boyfriend, their younger brother Tim. I loved spending time with them..drinking Lincoln Green beer at The Jolly Brewer...good times. I lived in their house for a while too and Jane looked after me like a sister. She was beautiful inside and out. At 43, she died of breast cancer, leaving behind 2 beautiful kids and a family who adored her (I'm running on Jane's birthday)
I'm hoping that my brilliant friends will support me in my fundraising efforts - I would be so grateful if any of you could spare the smallest amount.
For those we've lost and for those still fighting (Jules, we love you), please help if you can.