Adele McKenzie will run the 2017 Scottish Half Marathon on Sunday 24th September, raising funds for the event’s official charity partner Cancer Research UK. Adele’s decision to sign up and raise funds for CRUK comes after losing some of her closest family to the disease, most recently her sister Michelle. Adele said:
‘Michelle was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in her spine in March 2015. After surgery we were told it was probably cancer that had spread from another organ. More tests were carried out to try to source the initial cancer and eventually it was found in her oesophagus and the devastating news was given, that although treatable, it was not curable. Sadly, after coping with this disease for a few short months, Michelle lost her battle against oesophageal cancer on the 23rd August 2015.
Despite all her surgery, losing her voice and some of her teeth, she refused to give up! Despite the frustration Michelle dealt with on a daily basis, she remained positive and upbeat and kept her very sarcastic sense of humour and continued to publish work, which was her passion! Michelle was so outgoing and intelligent and she achieved a huge amount in such a short space of time.
Cancer is on my mind more now than ever. I have lost my amazing mum to bowel cancer, my brilliant sister to oesophageal cancer, and my brave cousin currently has breast cancer but is thankfully in remission. So, I am running the Scottish Half Marathon with my husband to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I am running in honour of all cancer sufferers and I hope that the money I raise will help beat cancer sooner.”
You can read more of Adele’s story and make a donation to her JustGiving page here.
To find out more about running for Team CRUK at the Scottish Half Marathon this year, click here.