Sarah, from Bristol, is running this year’s London Marathon for Penny Brohn UK, in memory of her friend, Chris, who died aged 48 of a brain tumour, and who said that in her next life she would like to run a marathon.
Sarah and Chris were both supported by the charity as well another close friend, Nicki. In 2015, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer just months after Chris died from a brain tumour. Sarah visited Penny Brohn UK for practical advice during her treatment and to help make sense of herself as a person who had had cancer.
To raise sponsorship, Sarah is organising a party and tribute gig in memory of Chris. Chris’ friends will be offering music, poetry and storytelling performances as well as having fun and raising a glass in her memory. There will also be a tombola and raffle to raise funds.
Talking about taking on the London Marathon, Sarah said: “Almost five years ago my friend Chris died from a brain tumour. Just days before she died she said that in her next life (if there was one!) she wanted to run a marathon. Chris inspired many people during her life, including me. I will try to run these 26.2 miles in her memory. She was such good company, so I sincerely hope that she is going to be with me in spirit.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer just months after Chris’ death and we both enjoyed the invaluable support of Penny Brohn UK. The people and services offered by Penny Brohn are a lifeline to many people living with cancer and offer practical, emotional, social and spiritual support to improve quality of life and to manage the fear and uncertainty that a cancer diagnosis often brings.”
Emma Gilmore, Head of Community and Challenge Events at Penny Brohn UK said: “We are delighted that Sarah is running the London Marathon in aid of Penny Brohn UK. Sarah is a fantastic member of our running team and we are touched that she is dedicating half the race to her friend, Chris. All the sponsorship money raised will help us support more people affected by cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible. A big thank you and good luck to Sarah!”
Sarah is hoping to raise £5000 for Penny Brohn UK. Sponsor Sarah and follow her journey.