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In 2013, Mum’s health began to deteriorate. She had
      several heart attacks as well as suffering from
      osteoporosis. She was a tough lady though and always
      got back on her feet and back to the shop.
      Dad supported her all the way, alongside his own
      volunteering work at Leighton Hospital.

      It was no surprise then that Dad began to lose weight
      and felt tired. We put it down to him looking after
      Mum. However, when he started to feel breathless,
      he went to his GP.

      He had atrial fibrillation, a disordered heart rate.
      We now know that this is associated with lung cancer.
      However, at the time, the cardiologist did not suspect
      it because Dad was a non-smoker and so treated it as      loads of easy-to-do fundraising ideas. I did a gift bag
      heart failure instead.                                    sale at work, with all profits going towards my total.
                                                                I would never have thought of that without them and
      Just after New Year 2017 he was short of breath again     it was a huge hit!
      and was taken to A&E. He had a chest x-ray and that
      was when we learnt the truth.                             I miss my parents immensely. I miss taking Mum
                                                                shopping every Friday. I miss hearing Dad laughing at
      We were all shocked. Even with Mum volunteering           my husband’s jokes. I miss watching them listen so
      at the Roy Castle shop, we didn’t piece together the      intently to their grandchildren. But it feels really good
      signs. I now understand how subtle lung cancer            to have done this in their honour. Together, we’ve all
      symptoms can be.                                          given something back.”

      Dad died very quickly, just three weeks after his         You don’t have to take on a marathon to support Roy
      diagnosis. Mum was at a loss and very soon her health     Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. There are events for
      deteriorated too. We ended up losing them both            every age and ability. Visit
      within five months of each other.                         to find your perfect fit.

      Losing them both in such a short space of time was
      so hard; I decided I needed something to focus on.

      I wanted to do something that celebrated life and, in
      the spirit of my parents, give something back. I had
      run the London Marathon before, with Mum and Dad
      cheering me on all the way, but that was 20 years ago.

      It would be a whole new challenge to take it on again.

      The fundraising team have been so supportive, even                                                              INSPIRE 2019
      sending me a personalised Christmas card. They sent

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