Lincoln runner takes up Morrisons Great North Run challenge

A LINCOLN woman whose husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer is rising to one of the UK’s biggest sporting challenges and is calling on local runners to join her.

A LINCOLN woman whose husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer is rising to one of the UK’s biggest sporting challenges and is calling on local runners to join her.

Vicky Hayward, aged 33, of Minerva Way, will be taking part in this year’s Morrisons Great North Run – the world’s biggest half marathon – on Sunday 13 September, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. She hopes to raise £450.

Vicky, a mum-of-two, is encouraging anyone who has secured a place to raise money for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer by joining Cancer Research UK’s team.

She is determined to conquer the famous 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to South Shields as a tribute to her brave husband Tom, who discovered he had testicular cancer in 2008 and her grandmother Barbara Tily who died of cancer in 1992.

A fit and healthy young man, Tom was not expecting that he would face a cancer fight before discovering a lump in one of his testicles in January 2008.

After a week of keeping his fears to himself he shared the news with Vicky and they went to his GP who booked him in for a scan.

Not wanting to delay they went privately and Tom was immediately diagnosed with cancer. He was booked in straight away for an orchidectomy (the removal of a testicle) and then given one dose of chemotherapy.

He was referred to a fertility clinic to store some sperm prior to this, as the drugs can affect fertility.

Tom had his chemo session in February, 2008. He was very tired and felt a bit nauseous, but other than that he physically had no side effects. After, a few more weeks’ recovery he returned to work – having had three months off in total.

On May 23rd 2008 they got married and honeymooned in Cancun and in 2013 – after 5 years of regular checkups – Tom was given the all-clear and discharged from oncology.

The couple now have two daughters, Maya Rose, 3, and Lila Mae, 2.

Now, to show her thanks, Vicky is taking part in the Morrisons Great North Run. She said:

I am determined to carry on and see it through to show my support for this amazing cause.

The feeling I am going to get when I (hopefully!) cross the finish line is going to be amazing; it will feel like such an achievement for me after never being a regular runner and actually hating running!

Thinking of my little girls, my husband and all my loving family and friends will keep me going through the whole thing, alongside the thought of the money I’m raising to help find treatments and maybe one day a cure for the horrible disease that is cancer.

That’s the main message I want to send through doing this, Cancer Research UK is an invaluable charity and their work touches many people’s lives and they need all our support to keep their fantastic work going.

Cancer Research UK hopes over 2,700 runners will raise £710,000 to help beat the disease.

People of all ages and abilities are being invited to ‘go the distance’ for Cancer Research UK by taking on a running challenge and raising vital funds to accelerate life-saving research.

From 5k and 10k fun runs, to half marathons like the Morrisons Great North Run, men and women are encouraged to take on their own distance, their own way.

Cancer Research UK spokesman Gary Young said:

We’re delighted that Vicky is ‘going the distance’ for Cancer Research UK. It’s thanks to support like this that our doctors, nurses and scientists are able to go on making progress in the fight against cancer.

We are keen to hear from anyone who has secured their own place in the Morrisons Great North Run but hasn’t chosen a charity to run for yet. Please join the Cancer Research UK team and help raise money for vital research.

And if you haven’t got off the starting blocks yet with setting yourself a running challenge, it really doesn’t matter how fast or fit you are we have a wide range of events available – big and small. By taking on a Cancer Research UK challenge, people will be helping our researchers in the ultimate challenge of bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Every day 84 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England*.

For more information about running for Cancer Research UK in the Morrisons Great North Run call 0300 123 5461 or email sportsteam@cancer.org.uk.

To learn more about Cancer Research UK’s running events, visit cruk.org/support-us/find-an-event.

Vicky Hayward’s Justgiving page is www.justgiving.com/Vicky-Hayward.

*All cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) annual average 2009-2011 in the Eastern Region.

Source: Data extracted from the HSCIC Indicator Portal (2015) https://indicators.ic.nhs.uk/webview/. Accessed site on 03/06/2015

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