Angela Renshaw decided to run the Brighton Marathon for Breast Cancer Now after her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She tells us about how her fundraising is going and her motivation for the run.
Taking on a challenge
Finding out my mum had breast cancer is a conversation I will never forget. I’m the sort of person who likes problem solving, but the feeling of helplessness I had knowing there was nothing I could do to fix this situation was really difficult. Mum has had to undergo a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and then finally radiotherapy throughout 2015 and was so strong during the whole process. There was not a day that went by that she wasn't smiling. She is a complete inspiration and so incredibly brave.
I wanted to do something to make a difference, so I decided to sign up to a challenge. I needed to pick something that would be a real achievement so I chose to run a marathon for Breast Cancer Now. I chose the charity because I wanted something specific to what mum was going through, and in particular I think the TLC awareness initiative they run helps women with early detection is so important.
Keeping up momentum
When I signed up the marathon seemed a long way off, so to keep motivation and momentum going I have held a number of events leading up to the marathon. Mum and I held a coffee morning and invited lots of friends and family along. The support we received for this was overwhelming and we raised over £1,200. I ran the Oxford Vitality Half Marathon for Breast Cancer Now as part of my training for the marathon. I am also the leader of a local cub pack in Newbury and we arranged a sponsored night hike for them towards one of their challenge badges. We raised over £200 on the hike and also spent some time with them explaining more about the Breast Cancer Now charity to them. I also have plans to host a bake sale in my office to raise further money for the charity. Then finally in April 2016 I will be tackling the Brighton Marathon itself.
Mum’s my motivation
Training for the marathon is currently in full swing but it’s not always the easiest thing, particularly on these dark winter mornings and evenings. I have done a few charity runs before, but only shorter distances and never with a cause truly close to my heart. This time, I have chosen something that will really push me because on the day I will have the best motivation in the world, Mum waiting for me at the finish line!
If we all act now, by 2050, we believe everyone who develops breast cancer will live. You can be part of the generation that stops breast cancer. Every action, big or small, gets us a step closer.
If you have been inspired by Angela's story – and if you believe the time is now - sign up for a run and fundraise for Breast Cancer Now