RUNNING FOR THE 35,000
Michelle Webster is running in our Supernova Kelpies Sunday event in memory of her dear friend Alison who sadly lost her battle with secondary breast cancer in May 2017. She is also running support her mum Julie who also has secondary breast cancer and the 35,000 women estimated to be living with this incurable disease in the UK today.
Alison and Julie were both diagnosed with primary breast cancer in early 2014 and met each other whilst going through chemotherapy, supporting each other through the high’s and low’s of living with cancer. They were both given the all clear by early 2015. Tragically this cruel disease returned with vengeance – Alison was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in September 2016 and sadly passed away 8 months later on 26th May 2017. Devastatingly, Julie was also diagnosed with secondary cancer in her bones in December 2016 and it has since spread further to her lungs and liver.
Running at Supernova Kelpies is the first of five events Michelle hopes to run over the next year culminating in a 33 mile ultra marathon to raise awareness of secondary breast cancer. She is fundraising for two charities; her local Maggie’s Centre in Fife who have provided a wealth of practical and emotional support since her mum Julie’s original diagnosis and Breast Cancer Care who are campaigning for a better standard of care for those living with secondary breast cancer.
“The staff and volunteers at our local Maggie’s have been amazing and offer a lifeline to those affected by cancer and their families – you’re always welcomed with a friendly face and a cuppa. It really does feel like a big family and I’m so grateful for all the fantastic work they do” Michelle explained. She continued “ I joined a Facebook support group after my mum’s secondary diagnosis and realised that the care many women receive after a secondary diagnosis falls very short of what you’d expect. Many women don’t feel very informed or supported – Breast Cancer Care are trying to change that through their secondary campaign – Secondary. Not Second Rate”.
Michelle admits she’s never been a keen runner but did complete a 10K in 2014 to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. When she decided to set herself this new challenge to raise awareness of secondary breast cancer, she hadn’t ran for over 3 years and has given birth to her youngest daughter in this time too.
Michelle started training again and took things slow, building back up with the help of the Couch 2 5K app. She’s now moved on a level and using a 5K to 10K app.
Michelle explained “I really wanted to challenge myself and do something that would hopefully make people take notice. It’s really important to me not only to fundraise but to try and raise awareness. To do this, I decided I would run an ultra marathon. I’ve never ran beyond the 10K distance so this is a huge mental and physical challenge for me. As well as the Supernova 5K I’m currently signed up to do the Glentress 10K in February and the EMF 10K in May. I’m also on the lookout for a half marathon to run around July/August time and the final goal is to run the Glen Ogle Ultra in November 2018.”
To support Michelle’s fundraising efforts for Maggie’s Centres visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/running-for-the-35000
To support Michelle’s fundraising for Breast Cancer Care visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michelle-webster9