After my sister Ollie was diagnosed with cancer when she was seventeen, I decided to run the marathon to raise money for CLIC Sargent.
My sister has been so brave since she got the biopsy results which said she had Ewing’s Sarcoma which is a type of bone cancer.
She went through 14 chemotherapy treatments last year. Her final chemotherapy session was in November last year and in December she received the wonderful news that the cancer was gone.
Since then Ollie’s hair has begun to grow back, she’s gone back to school full time and picked up on her AS Levels. Her three month scans in March have come back as all clear and as a family we feel like we can begin to put the last 12 months behind us. Ollie is a year behind all her friends though who are about to go off to university.
Ollie has been recording her experiences in an online video diary in the last 5 months both during her treatment and since she has finished. She hopes that this will help other teenagers with cancer through their own experiences. She’s calling it a webumentary and you can see her story at www.clicsargent.org.uk/olliesstory
I’ve really been inspired by how strong she has been throughout her cancer journey and how much CLIC Sargent have helped her. Running the marathon for them seemed like something big that I could do.
I’m actually running it with my boyfriend and we’ve been going for training runs round Abersoch in North Wales. Our route includes hills and beaches so I’m hoping the training will be hard enough to prepare us for the big day.
We usually chat when we’re out for a run but I’m not sure we’ll be doing that by the 26th mile!