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I'm swimming 5k in March 2019 for Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie & The Swimathon Foundation because cancer guys. Cancer.

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  • Event: Swimathon 2019, 29 Mar 2019 to 31 Mar 2019

Swimathon 2019

Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie are calling on the nation to get down to the pool for Swimathon 2019 - thousands of swimmers, two great causes, one big charity challenge.

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In 2015 and 2016 I did swimathons as part of a team, raising money for cancer research and sports relief.  But in 2017 my swimming buddy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that medicine doesn't really have an answer to.  Without her, going swimming didn't really seem the same.  It was a thing we did together, and doing it while she was stuck in a hospital felt... wrong. 


For a while we thought she was getting better; she was her usual chatty self, albeit in pain - then in mid 2018 she passed away.

I've thought for a long time about whether I really wanna do a swimathon without her; not least because she was always the competitive energetic one, and neither of us could do 5k alone.  After a lot of thinking it through, I think the fact that it's raising money for cancer research is something she'd approve of, and in time her memory is less of thing to grieve for, than a force to inspire, a voice reminding us all to get off our asses and live the best we can.

So I'm swimming 5k for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.  I don't know anyone who hasn't been or won't be touched by cancer at some point in their lives, whether through illness or watching loved ones suffer.  Every penny helps - please be generous.

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