We've all met the evil that is cancer. It came to our house in October 2020, when my sister was diagnosed. It was a terrible shock, and a stark reminder of the statistics we see so often: 1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime.
Half of the UK population will hear those life-changing words.
Thanks to the miraculous research that has been done, her incredible surgeons, oncologist, and the whole roster of wonderful healthcare professionals who cared for her, Carmen was declared to be cancer-free in February. But, as we know all too well, not everybody is so lucky.
There are so many forms of cancer, so many patients, so many treatments to investigate. Cancer Research UK needs every penny it can get to invest in these vital investigations.
That's why we have to keep pushing forward, finding new treatments and hopefully, one day, developing the cure that will cauterise every head that this monstrous Hydra spawns.
So when the Miles Better challenge came along, it presented the perfect opportunity to do my bit - to give thanks for the life-saving treatment my sister received, and work towards making cancer curable. I'll be walking and running (jogging or plodding might be more accurate...) all over London in a quest to cover 200 miles in a month.
CRUK is doing incredible work towards eradicating this terrible disease, but there's so much more left to be done.
Anything you can donate will be deeply appreciated, and pivotal in our fight against cancer!
All funds raised will be passed to the charity irrespective of whether my target is reached, not reached or exceeded.