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.Race for Life.

You may remember form an earlier post that I took part in Race for Life this year.  On Sunday 26th June, I walked (quickly) the 5km (3+ miles) around Walsall Arboretum.  It was one of the best things I have ever been a part of and I really enjoyed it.  I was joined by 4 members of my family and we all ran for my Aunty Jen, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.  She was amongst the 5 of us that day, I’m happy to announce!  She is much better now but continues to fight the battle.

We finished in around 1 hour, speed-walking.  I’m definitely going to train weeks before next year’s event so that I can run all the way, no stopping!  I had no excuse whatsoever not to run; I’m tall and thin but just tragically unfit!  Women all ages and shapes and sizes were breezing past and I did feel a little ashamed that I wasn’t putting in as much effort as they were to finish.  It was an extremely warm day and I am prone to fainting, like a fool; I did not want to embarrass myself (lol).  Anyway, even though I was told numerous times by the volunteers that this “WAS NOT A COMPETITION”, next time I will be doing myself proud for all those affected by cancer!

Whilst walking, I read lots of other women’s stories (pinned to their backs).  There was one story in particular that really touched my heart.  One lady had written ‘I race for life for the unborn child that we sadly lost during my fight with breast cancer’.  The lady’s hair was just beginning to grow back.  A tear came to my eye and I felt for all the other women who were pregnant when they were diagnosed.

I will always raise money and participate in this amazing event for as long as I am able!  This year, I raised £55 by selling CDs of current songs to friends, family and work colleagues.  (I know it wasn’t the most legal of things to do but it was for a very, very good cause!)  I’ll have to see what other cool fundraising ideas I can think of between now and then. 

So, I look forward to running all-the-way-non-stop next year and seeing many more of you girls joining me in the battle against cancer!

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This Sunday, 26th June 2011, I will be joining my sister and aunty for the Race for Life.  I’m taking part in the event at Walsall Arboretum and cannot wait. I decided to do the Race this year as cancer has recently affected my family. I have witnessed how hard nurses work to brighten the days of cancer patients and want to help by raising as much money as I can. I’d like to be a part of the work scientists are doing to find solutions and cures. I hope I am always well enough to race every year from now on!

I hope that all women able to walk will participate in the future, because it really does make a difference! Sign up for next year, girls and do something to be really proud of!

I’ll let you know how I get on; I hear it is an amazing and emotional day!

Together we will beat cancer!

 

 

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