Brother and sister, Gemma and Daniel Pollock, are taking on the London Marathon for us in April in memory of their dad Darren, who died of bowel cancer in 2013.
Gemma, 21, said: “Dad ran the marathon in 2010 and was diagnosed with bowel cancer in December that year. I was just 16 at the time and Daniel was 13. He didn’t tell us he had cancer because he didn’t want it to affect our education.”
Gemma and Daniel, who were sitting their A levels and GCSE’s at the time, only found out he had had bowel cancer following his death. Their mum told them that he had had symptoms for almost a year before visiting the doctor.
Gemma said “When I found out, my first thought was if he had realised what the symptoms meant and had gone to his GP sooner, would the outcome have been different?
“Dad was very fit, didn’t drink or smoke and was only 46 when diagnosed. I realised that it could affect anyone and as a family we want to do what we can to raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms.
“When Daniel turned 18 last year we decided to follow in dad’s footsteps and sign up for the marathon to raise awareness and funds for Beating Bowel Cancer, as they do so much to raise awareness and to support all those affected by the disease.
“This is the first time we’ve run a marathon. I only started running 3 years ago and have never attempted this distance but I’m determined to get round. Daniel has done more running in the past but this is also his first marathon.”
To donate to Gemma and Daniel’s fundraising effort, please visit: justgiving.com/Gemma-and-Daniel-Pollock1.
Our annual London Patient Day takes place on 16th April and we'd love to see you there!
With loads of interesting speakers and a chance to meet and talk to others who know what you're going through, it really is a great day....
To find out more and to book your place, please visit: www.beatingbowelcancer.org
We will be holding another Patient Day in Manchester in November and will keep you posted on the date.
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