Race for life – running to kick cancer in the ass!

Today was a good day! Today, two of my closest friends and I ran race for life in Regents Park, London to raise money for cancer research. We raised over £1200 in 5 days! Really, credit should go to all the people who donated to our cause and so I’d like to say a big public THANK YOU!!

We did a Santa Run in Richmond Park, London back in December and raised over £2,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. So often when people do these charity runs, they are doing it for the charity. And while of course, I’m doing it to raise money for the charity, I’m also doing it for me. Because running and fundraising make me happy. And when we’re happy, we can make others around us happy too. So expect me to be rattling my donation tin at you often!! 🙂

Jokes aside, why was this race important to me? I’ve had three too many people in my life battle cancer. One lost his battle, the second beat cancer and the third is kicking cancer’s ass as I write this. Today I ran for my aunt. Because even when she’s going through something I can’t possibly imagine, she laughs and she jokes and she gives great advice. It can’t be easy and yet she’s so positive. She was my inspiration today.

Here are a few pictures from this morning. And I wouldn’t be English if I didn’t mention the weather!! Not too hot, not too cold…but most importantly, it stayed dry! London you did good!

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Our race for life selfie

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On the official Race for Life 2014 t-shirts 🙂

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My family – my biggest supporters

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With S at the end of the race 🙂

My time was 36 minutes and 55 seconds. I was super pleased because it was approx. 6 minutes off my time since our Santa Run in December.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month…Think Pink!

I’m sure most of you have noticed from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites, October is breast cancer awareness month. I’m also almost sure that everyone reading this knows at least one person who has been affected by it.

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The world over, women (and some men) run/walk/jog raising money for breast cancer and promoting awareness. Recently, someone very close to my heart was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a vivacious, fun, energetic and bubbly woman who I know is going to kick cancer’s ass!!

Women, please examine your breasts regularly. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t put off getting it checked because life gets busy. Take a day off work, take someone with you and go to a doctor. Here are some of the signs you should be looking out for:

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Breast cancer is the most common invasive female cancer in the world. Although the majority of breast cancers are not hereditary, genetics do play a role. Other causes are age, dense breast tissue, radiation exposure, estrogen exposure and obesity.

A few months ago I mentioned prostate cancer on a post and urged women to get their men talking and get checked. This time I’m urging all the men to get their women talking and if your woman is stubborn then check her yourself 😉

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To everyone out there battling breast cancer, this is dedicated to you xx

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