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.