In the last 7 months two amazing people have lost their lives to cancer; that is just two people that I know of, two people who were in my life. Every year it is estimated that 1.5 million people will lose their lives to cancer. What the last 7 months has taught me is that cancer can affect anyone. It can affect the healthiest of people. It doesn’t care about age, it doesn’t care if you are a mother or a father. Last July when Sarah lost her battle to cancer, I wrote about my anger and grief. I shared my guilt. I also declared that words were not enough: Sarah would have wanted action. This spurred the campaign #BloggersBeatingCancer. So many of you gave generously and so many of you got involved. Through the hashtag we raised awareness as we were trending worldwide and we raised over £1000 for charity in just a couple of hours. So successful was it that there has been talk of making #BloggersBeatingCancer an annual event.
However, I still felt that I wanted and needed to do more. I wanted to raise more money and more awareness. So one Friday after a couple of glasses of wine when Lisa suggested that we all do the Moonwalk marathon we all jumped at the chance. It seemed a long way off and how hard could it be? I kept telling myself that it was only a stroll. However, January arrived and I had to face up to the fact that it really wasn’t a stroll. It was a marathon. It was 26 miles. I have been training since January and it has been a challenge. I have gone from couch potato to someone who rises at 5:30 am to get her miles in. It hasn’t been easy and I am still not sure if I am actually enjoying it. My feet are battered. I have had one Gary growth removed from the right foot and the other foot seems to have a permanent blister on my heel. However, these tiny ailments are insignificant compared to the battles that my friends had to fight when battling cancer. Those pains, niggles and blisters remind me that I am lucky. I am lucky because right now I have my health, right now I am able to train for the Moonwalk.
I have been worried though. When I was training one thought niggled at the back of my mind. What if no one donates any money, what if no one shares my fundraising page? What if no one believed that this was enough of a challenge? I was so concerned by the latter that I signed up for another challenge. Less than a month later and I will be doing the island walk too which is a whopping 48 miles. I now realise that I was panicking! I hoped that people would then see that I am pushing myself and would want to donate, that they would want to help. Yet, I feared that no one would want to donate this time because so many of you had generously donated last time and here I was less than a year later asking for your donations again.
I was really worried that no one would support me. I was wrong.
Since setting up my funding page on Saturday it has been shared by many of you on Facebook and it has also been shared on twitter too. I have received so many supportive messages and many lovely people have already started donating. I may have cried. Let’s blame the hormones – this exercising is making me very tired at the moment.
The number 1 thing that this Moonwalk marathon has taught me is that people are kind. Humanity is kind. Life might be messy and we are living in a very scary world at the moment, but all of you lovely lot have restored my faith in humanity. I have been overwhelmed by the support that you have already shown me. Through this blog so many of you have shown me compassion. Through this blog, my window onto the outside world, I have realised that it is kindness that unites humanity. You are all remarkable. Every single one of you because it is your simple act of kindness that changes someone’s day for the better. When I am training for this marathon and island walk I’m not thinking about being the best and I’m not thinking about winning. Instead I am thinking how I need to succeed so that I don’t let anyone down, so I don’t let you down. I don’t know if I will be able to do it but at the very least I can try. I am lucky that I can try. I can’t fix cancer. I can’t stop people dying but I can try to do my bit and I can try to raise money for charity. The money we raise might mean that someone’s life is saved.
Thank you for helping me.
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