Story

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WELL IT'S THE DAY OF THE RACE AND I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR SO MUCH LOVE AND SUPPORT AND CASH. YOU ARE AMAZING.

THANK YOU

The C word and me

I first heard the C word back in May 1976; I was 9 years old and can remember my mum sobbing and talking to my brother about it. I thought it strange that she didn’t mention it to my dad but dismissed it. She had just found out that her sister Gilly had been diagnosed with it. It was just a word. I didn’t know what it meant, nor did I know the affect it was going to have on those I took for granted and whom I loved.

Within 1 year of hearing it I learnt how it would destroy things I held dear and would in effect put an end to my childhood. I lost not only my aunt, but a close friend of my mums in Canada and finally my beloved father in the March. He died at home a mere shadow of the big muscular man who held me tight and protected me and whose love was one of the great ones in my life.

Within 6 years of hearing the word my beautiful, strong mother was also ravished by the deadly throes of it, suffering from it in secondary form.

Four deaths’, of which two moulded who I am today.  Funny as a child my parents did charity work at an orphanage, and I felt so lucky to have mine around me, and yet here I was at 15 in the same boat.

I have always been conscious of it but tried not to think about it till I experienced a reality check a couple of years ago and was forced into saying the word out loud, almost in defiance. I felt if I could say it then it wouldn’t touch me. So when I found a lump late at night on 2 July 2007 the first thing that I screamed was the dreaded C word – Cancer. 

After an agonising month where I had a number of tests during which every possible emotion raced round my head I was told it was stress related, nothing more. Not cancer………….. this time, as the Doc so kindly pointed out reminding me that I had been lucky. After this I started to knit to help my stress and it does which again bought me a bit closer to mum as she was an avid knitter and now I find myself talking to her when I am stuck on a pattern.

Shook me up enough to make me realise I was not immune, none of us are, and next time I may not be so fortunate.

And so we come to the present day. Last year on 6 May 2008 my brother Rod was taken so very cruelly by this merciless illness just days after diagnosis and just days after being told he was going to be grandpa to the very beautiful and much loved Amelia.

When I saw this walk on his anniversary I knew I had to do it, to try to raise awareness and funds for this illness that has impacted the lives of so many around me.

That is my story but how many of you can say cancer hasn’t touched your life in one form or another

Dig deep, give generously and I will be eternally grateful.

Let’s try to make a small difference to someone

Thank you

 

Tina


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Raising money for

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

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Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Donations 80

Bit late, but as promised.

Donation by Vanessa on 28/05/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Great stuff Tina xx

Donation by AliceinW on 11/05/09

£10.00

brilliant effort for magnificent cause

Donation by Serendipity08 on 08/05/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Congratulations!

Donation by Nigel Geffen on 07/05/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Good luck Tina. Remembering my mum too

Donation by twinkle2 on 06/05/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by fabio bragaglia on 06/05/09

£10.00

Well done Tina, I'm sure they are all proud of you x

Donation by Santastic on 04/05/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

for mum and dad

Donation by Duncan Disorderly on 04/05/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Just because

Donation by fewdots on 04/05/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Great amount!! Well done Tina. I've signed up for one in July.

Donation by Pauline on 04/05/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

on behalf of judance x

Donation by tina b on 01/05/09

£10.00

Here's to the £1000 mark! Well done!

Donation by indieknits on 30/04/09

£2.00

+ £0.56 Gift Aid

Good luck Tina....you can do it xx

Donation by Max G on 30/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Another 20 for good luck

Donation by Paul on 29/04/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Good luck Tina, I couldn't do it!

Donation by Howard on 29/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

received from linda at an S&B meet x

Donation by tina b on 29/04/09

£5.00

Hope it helps

Donation by John Garrett on 27/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Good Luck!

Donation by Adrian Henry on 27/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

For the common vision. All the best.

Donation by Soulmajik on 26/04/09

£10.00

Courage! Sending you positive thoughts from Montreal ^^

Donation by Jessica Owens on 22/04/09

£20.00

just go for it!!

Donation by erica / ehdknits on 10/04/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Good luck missus xx

Donation by Kate Richo on 10/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Good luck Tina... such a great cause to raise money for!! Jacks & Steve xxxxxx

Donation by Jackie - lsmiler2003 on 06/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Good luck!

Donation by Kari G on 01/04/09

£10.00

from socktopod group xx

Donation by dyddgu on 27/03/09

£5.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,115.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,115.00
  • Gift Aid£258.64

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