Paul and Michelle discussed their diagnoses, and the effects that their cancer journeys have had on themselves, their family, and friends. Hearing how they have navigated some of the most difficult experiences that you can be confronted with was extremely emotive. I simply can’t imagine what it must be like to be put on that path.
But what Paul and Michelle impressed upon me the most was their determination to live the life they want, as fully as they can, and in the spirit of helping others to be able to do the same.
“To life, whilst we have it, let’s enjoy it, with the people we’ve got with us.”— Dr Paul Cosford
Paul’s love of cycling and Michelle’s love of running have been a support and a spur to keep them going on their own paths. But far beyond that, they have undertaken marathons and endurance events to raise awareness and funds so that the very services that have helped to support them will be able to do even more for others.
Their words have stayed with me. So, I am going to take their advice. Cycling and running are not really my thing, but I love hiking. I’ve signed up for the Peak District Mighty Hike, and I have successfully persuaded my Dad to join me on the journey!
Michelle finished her speech with the following words, and I now think of them every day. They will be by mantra whilst I get my old boots out and get training:
“We rise by lifting others." — Michelle Dench
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.