Who am I running Race For Life for?
A pretty loaded question, coming from me.
I could run for Clare – a little girl who died of Leukaemia aged only 5, when I was fighting it myself aged 8.
Or a little boy called Daniel, who died of a tumour, shortly after I was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
Or Aisha, a beautiful baby girl, who died of Leukaemia, also when I was fighting it.
I could run for my own survival of Leukaemia or for my current battle with Thyroid Cancer.
I could run for my incredible Gran, who survived skin Cancer, but lost her battle to Lung Cancer.
I could run for my dad, who is currently battling prostate Cancer.
I could run for my brave Grandad who whilst living with prostate Cancer under control, was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with Cancer in his eye.
I could run for Elizabeth, daughter of fellow blogger Tired Mummy of Two, whom is currently fighting against Leukaemia.
You see Cancer is everywhere I look.
If I were to give it a quote, I’d say:
“If life is heaven on earth, Cancer is hell on earth”.
However there is one person whose story I can’t ignore.
A dear friend of my husband, and I’d like to think, mine, recently lost his wife of many many years, to Cancer. It was sudden. It was unexpected. She was fighting it and winning, and then, she wasn’t. Keith has no children or grandchildren and feels so alone in his devastation, despite having many good friends.
When he looked me in the eye the other day, and asked me, in all sincerity,
“why hasn’t the world stopped turning yet?”,
I felt like my heart was bleeding.
And whilst every life on this planet, is of equal value, and every sufferer of Cancer faces an equally horrendous battle, I just knew in that moment.
There is little I can do in this world to change the challenges we all face or the grief of those who have lost a loved one, but I will do what I can, for whom I can.
Keith, I would like to Race For Life in memory of your wife. I am running for Joy.
So far I have raised £1150.00 for Cancer Research UK via my Race For Life page. I’d love to raise a little more. So if you can spare £1, click here to sponsor me.
Thankyou all so much for your support.
Sarah MumofThree World says
That really made me cry. I can’t believe your life has been hit by cancer so many times. My heart goes out to Keith. It is amazing how much you’ve raised and there’s still time to raise more. Cancer, we’re coming to get you!
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Michelle Willis says
That made me cry so much! I hope he can get some comfort from knowing that people care about him so much. Xx
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It’s heart breaking just how many times cancer has touched your life.
Running in memory of Keith’s wife, Joy, is a wonderful tribute to another life cut short.
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Very touching but very brave Emz , we are sponsoring your mum xx
Emma, I came across you on twitter quite by accident. I followed your story. Felt your pain of not being able to cuddle your babies. At times you made me laugh, giggle, cry. So many emotions. You are an amazing woman. This post had me sobbing. I even had to go away and wash up before I could comment. So brave, so genuine, so lovely. What a lovely tribute to Joy. and (hugs) to Keith xxxxxxxxx
anna m says
made me cry! i hardly know what to say really, but all the best for your race to life, and to your own family and all those fighting cancer or dealing with their loss 🙁
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So sad and powerful. You bring it right home. Cancer has the ability to affect us all.
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Distressed Housewife says
Such a moving post. My friend is currently fighting breast cancer and has just shaved off all her hair because she was losing it to chemotherapy. Like you, she’s staying positive but you just can’t help getting overwhelmed by how many people are being affected by this terrible disease. Donation done 🙂
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Kim Carberry says
Crying here….Such a moving post!!
What a lovely tribute! x
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I’m a bit late on the uptake reading this post. Am sitting here wiping the tears from my face! You sure did everyone proud, well done Emma :o) xx
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