I was inspired by my friend Natalie to join her team and try to raise a load of money for The Big C, a charity who helped her while she was suffering with breast cancer. The Big C also supported my mum while she was suffering with Bowel cancer. They provide an important service and need donations to continue this vital work.
Find out more about Natalie's story here: https://2019in2019forbigc.wordpress.com/
What I’m doing:
On Sept 2019 I will be attempting to run The Wissey Half Marathon.
This is a HUGE challenge for me, as a non runner and someone who didn't previously do a lot of exercise it has involved a complete change of lifestyle and a big commitment to go from being able to run 0 miles to 13 miles! My approach has been to break it down into smaller chunks, starting with 'couch to 5K'. As I write this I am now able to run for 10 K - or 6 miles - this is already amazing to me but there is still a long way to go before September 1st! To help motivate me please consider sponsoring me and helping me to raise some money for this important charity.
Why I’m fundraising:
Natalie had a really terrible experience as a young woman to be diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Here are her words as to how the Big C helped support her through this most difficult time. "The Big C (for those of you that don't know) is a charity in Norfolk who 'are working to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk & Waveney'. As you can imagine, being diagnosed with cancer is terrifying, especially the period between being diagnosed and waiting for the scan results to confirm whether the cancer is metastatic or not (spread from the original tumour to organs and bones). The Big C provided me with a place to go and chat to volunteer nurses about the scary things that were happening to me, and offered a quiet place to sit and have a cup of tea and biscuits after some extremely upsetting meetings with my oncologist and surgeon. Further along the process the Big C charity provided me with advice about wigs and offered hats and headscarves to try in anticipation of my hair falling out. This charity also amazingly offers each person that is diagnosed, and their partner, with 6 free massages to help them relax and feel a little better during such a horrible period of their life, as well as free make up and headscarf tying courses for those loosing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes! This charity really made a positive difference to my experience of getting cancer this year."
I wanted to do something to help Natalie give back to the organisation which helped her so much. Every time the training gets hard, I remember Natalie as she was going through chemotherapy, and the valued support the the folks at the Big C gave to help make it more bearable. The great news is that Natalie and my mum are now much better and both in full remission. There are many more people out there who need help and The Big C is there to provide, but they need your help to do it.