We met Sue, one of our dearest friends through parkrun and our run club, Hyde Park Harriers. In 2015 whilst running the Liverpool Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon, our mate Sue told us about experiencing unusual health symptoms. The following week, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
After surgery and chemotherapy, Sue eventually got back to running joining us at our weekly parkrun and some races with our club Hyde Park Harriers. Unfortunately, as is the case with ovarian cancer, the disease spread throughout Sue's body and tumours were found in her neck, bowel, lungs and lymph nodes. In her usual style of sheer determination, stoicism and to our joy, humour, Sue got on with life until she landed back in hospital as the pain of the tumours intensified on her 60th birthday this year. Not to be beaten though, she bounced back and was sent home. After a nasty, life threatening reaction to chemotherapy and realisation that walking let alone running was becoming increasingly difficult, Sue began to spend more time indoors (she has large tumours in her lymph nodes in each groin which cause immense pain) until one of our running buddies loaned her a wheelchair. This week, to our delight, Sue was able to join us in the pouring rain at Armley parkrun and she cheered us on and encouraged us on the 5k course. To help Sue continue to get out and join us at parkrun and hopefully take part in the Leeds 10k to raise funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, we're raising funds to buy Sue a wheelchair. We'll take it in turns to push her around parkrun and Leeds 10k (be afraid Sue, be very afraid!) Many people don't realise how life can shrink when an illness such as ovarian cancer makes it almost impossible for you to get outside. If you feel able, we'd love you to donate to help get our fabulous friend outdoors, to enjoy the fresh air and get the adrenaline rush she said she got this week when being pushed by her mates in the park.
When Sue has had enough of joy riding in the wheelchair, she'll donate it to someone else who needs it.