We are delighted to announce that WAY supporter Marie from Plymouth has chosen to run the 2019 London Marathon to raise funds for WAY.
Marie is running on 28 April 2019 in memory of her dad – who died last October, leaving Marie’s 44-year-old step mother sadly eligible to join WAY.
Here’s Marie’s story:
“On 18 April 2017, just days before I ran London Marathon for the first time, I received the news that my Dad had been diagnosed with cancer. From what was thought to be a fractured arm was something so much more horrific. It transpired that my Dad had advanced kidney cancer. The next few days were a blur, we discovered the cancer had spread to his lungs and bones. Surgery and treatment followed, my dad fought so hard.
On Thursday, 5 October 2017, two days after I was lucky enough to gain entry to the London Marathon in the ballot go a second time, my Dad lost his fight. He passed away peacefully with me, my brother and sister-in-law at his bedside. He was just 55.
He leaves behind my Step-Mom, Amanda. She's just lost her husband and she’s only 44. Just 10 years (and 1 day) older than me. It breaks me. I shouldn’t have lost my Dad for at least another 30 years, but Mand shouldn’t have lost her husband until she was an old lady. My siblings and I have our own partners and families – I couldn't imagine life without them, especially at 44.
That’s why I've chosen to fundraise for WAY Widowed and Young – a charity that supports anyone who was widowed before their 51st birthday across the UK.”
Marie is encouraging WAY members and supporters to play their part by running, rowing, walking or biking 10K between now and London Marathon day. Anyone can get involved. Here’s what you need to do:
- Make a £10 (or more) donation to Marie’s Justgiving page
- run, walk, bike, swim or row 10k in one go, anytime or place you choose, between now and the London Marathon on 28 April 2019
- send proof (photos or Strava route), and your address to firstname.lastname@example.org
- receive your medal in the post
- feel amazing about doing your bit for WAY!!
Find out more and show your support for Marie here...