21km run to help treat cancer


A Queenstown woman will run a half marathon to raise money for her daugh­ter-in-law’s cancer treat­ment.

Mar­garet Young says she is ’’not a great run­ner’’ but is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Air New Zealand Queenstown In­ter­na­tional half marathon next month for Jodie, 22.

Jodie has been bat­tling a rare bone cancer known as Ewing’s Sar­coma for over a year, and had a bone in her leg re­moved to re­place a dam­aged bone in her arm.

Young wants to run the 21km to help Jodie fi­nan­cially as she con­tin­ues her bat­tle.

‘‘Jodie and my son are so young and they have given up a lot for the cancer,’’ she said.

The half marathon on Novem­ber 19 will be the big­gest run Young has done, with 15km be­ing her long­est dis­tance to date.

‘‘It has been a bit up and down with ev­ery­thing that has been go­ing on with life lately.

‘‘But I am back on track again.’’

Race direc­tor Ni­cole Fair­weather was thrilled the event was host­ing peo­ple with dif­fer­ent sto­ries.

“Mar­garet is just one story of many, and as event or­gan­is­ers it is up to us to en­sure that ev­ery­one’s ex­pe­ri­ence is an amaz­ing one and their achieve­ment is recog­nised, re­gard­less of where they might fin­ish and how long it takes them to get there,’’ she said.

Jodie and her mother-in-law Marg­eret Young, who will run 21km to raise mony for the Jodie’s treat­ment.

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