Jess, one of our India and Arabia Consultants, shares with us her story of how one small initiative has turned into one incredible global event for Cancer Research.
Join The Cator Troops as we run four half marathons in four continents to raise money for Cancer Research UK and help Dad on his road to recovery!
What started as the ambitious challenge of running The Bath Half in support of Cancer Research UK has spiralled with the energy from an almost overwhelming amount of support from friends and family around the world into something much bigger. On 1st March 2015 there will now be an international relay of 186 runners, running on 4 Continents, in 6 different countries, covering a staggering 81 miles.
My Dad was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Blastoid Mantle Cell Lymphoma in August 2014. To date he has undergone 6 sessions of Chemotherapy, following the Nordic 2 Protocol under Dr Jennie Wimperis at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He is due to have an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant (using his own stem cells) in February, the aim being for this type of Lymphoma to provide prolonged, good quality remission. This is a rare form of cancer and research is ongoing, to develop a new and more effective form of treatment and there are drugs in the pipeline that may offer hope for a cure in the future.
“Cancer Research UK” is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer and so we have decided to raise money for them to help Dad on his road to recovery!
My youngest Sister Ellie, started all this by signing herself and mum up to run The Bath Half Marathon. But with the energy and support from friends and family around the world it is now spiralling into something much bigger. The 1st March 2015 will now be a day to remember and an event that will have a huge impact on Cancer Research UK – benefitting Dad and the 400 people diagnosed with Cancer in the UK every day!
The sun rises on 1st March in Eastern Australia to find my cousin Oscar leading a 7 strong team for the first leg of this international half marathon relay.
They will pass the baton to Hong Kong, where my sister Rosanna, who has rallied together her loyal friends to field a staggering 65 runners, who will be battling the hills and heat of Hong Kong to complete the second leg of this challenge.
Thence the baton will be passed to Bath my mum, brother, sister and I will be waiting to join the “Bath Half” accompanied by 76 friends and family runners and many more team followers. At the same time Aunt Sarah will be kicking off a family fun run in Ireland.
Next the baton speeds over the Atlantic to Vancouver Island where it will be passed to another cousin Annabel, married to Canadian author David Wilson, who will both be running along with 15 friends, two of which are Lymphoma survivors themselves! The final run to complete this great fund raising enterprise will be by Aunt Harriet running with two friends, further down the coast in California as the sun sets over the Pacific.
Please support this intrepid endeavour and sponsor all the runners by donating to our joint JustGiving Page.
With love and thanks from Cator’s one and all xxx
Watch the story on ITV News: http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/search/?q=marathon