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On Thursday 23rd August 2012, my first day of school in Singapore, I found myself on the school bus next to a girl I was unaware would later become my best friend. We chatted for the journey about how we shared the same perfume and where we had visited during the summer, and I was, as most would be, oblivious to Dominique's experience with Sarcoma. It wasn't until later when she stood up balancing on her crutches that I asked if she had broken her leg. Instead she told me that she was an Osteosarcoma survivor.
Over the past six years I have seen Dominique cope with the repercussions of this forgotten cancer, countless surgeries and unimaginable pain from infections. It has become very hard for me to imagine life without Dominique, however, for many who know someone with this diagnosis this is often the reality.
As an Osteosarcoma survivor Dominique founded Crutch 4 Sarcoma to help raise awareness and fund vital research for this forgotten cancer. I could write a million words about Dominique and why I have chosen to support this foundation but nothing seems to explain it quite as profoundly as this video: The Otherside of Childhood. WARNING: has me in tears every time I watch it (good luck).
The second charity I have chosen to support is BEAT, the UK’s Eating Disorder charity. Mental Health is such an important issue and one I have found people struggle to speak openly about. And yet for many, recovery often comes at a time when it is acknowledged that they are not alone in that they feel trapped by their illness.
Anorexia is the leading cause of death amongst psychiatric diagnoses and perhaps the most widely recognised of the eating disorders. However, it is by no means the only one. As someone who has experienced these first-hand I am still shocked when presented with a list of the vast number of eating-related illnesses. BEAT works to not only fund research into treatment but additionally, and perhaps more importantly, aims to improve accessibility to services for those suffering from these, potentially fatal, mental disorders. In doing so they have raised awareness and helped so many in achieving full recovery.
AND SO, the original plan was indeed to run the Valencia Marathon BUT my IT band clearly did not support this decision and so this has been delayed to April 7th MANCHESTER MARATHON. So as I struggle through these 5 or so months of training (now extended to 9) I would ask you to consider making a donation. Big or small, any amount will be hugely appreciated and help me to reach not only my target but also the finish line!!
Over and out,
Karina/Kaz/Creamy/Keenarina etc. etc. xxxx
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Oct 7, 2018
You got this!
Sep 28, 2018
Good luck to both of you! You’re both incredible. Thank you for raising awareness for mental health issues. There’s a good running route along regents canal! Pls don’t beat my marathon time.
Aug 30, 2018
I’ll be thinking of you from my sun lounger babes💪🏻(Hope you’ve got my running genes andnot your fathers) x
Aug 20, 2018
Whineeee during, lots of wine after xxx
Aug 10, 2018
Good luck gal x
Jul 29, 2018
ur RUNNIN thru my mind erryday xxxx
Jul 28, 2018
get it girl
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