CRUK – Jen’s Story

Cancer Research UK are the only ones fighting over 200 cancers, including the one that matters most to you. Their life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of supporters just like Jen, who is running the 2019 Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon for the third year in a row. Here’s her inspirational story.

“I’ve run the last two Saucony Cambridge Half marathons, but this year feels different. Last February, my mum Joan was diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer after struggling for a few years with Parkinson’s disease.  She was a nurse teacher and a passionate advocate for work injured nurses.

Following her diagnosis, she made the brave decision to not have treatment and have palliative care only. I ran the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon in March and found the whole thing incredibly emotional as I knew my struggles to get around the course were nothing compared to what she was going through every day. She passed away in April 2018.

My dad was also diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007 and died two years later.  I chose to fundraise for Cancer Research UK this year not just in memory of my mum and dad, but in the hope that we can make a bit of a difference in the future for the rest of us.”

Thanks to the amazing support of people like Jen, survival rates across all forms of cancer have doubled in the last 40 years, but we can’t stop there. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress and see three quarters of patients surviving cancer within the next 20 years.

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