Running in memory of Rosie
A determind Halifax woman is taking on her fifth Morrisons Great North Run in memory of her best friend who died from cervical cancer. Lauren Stephenson, 27, was devastated when her childhood friend, Rosie Thompson, died aged 22 after a ninemonth battle with the disease in 2010.
But, determined to keep her friend’s spirit alive, the customer complaints manager for Lloyd’s bank, tackled her grief by putting her energy into making a lasting legacy in Rosie’s name.
The pair became insep- arable after meeting aged 11 at St Wilfrid’s College in South Shields and used to love standing on the streets of their home town as teenagers cheering on competitors in the Great North Run.
It was particularly poignant when Rosie passed away on the date of the race in 2010, September 19.
Lauren took it as a sign that she should go on to take part in the event in her friend’s name, raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK.
She said: “Losing Rosie has taught me two things. The first is that it’s vital to keep your smear tests up to date, whatever your age. The second is that if I just wallow in grief and anger, then cancer will have won. Cancer will not win. I will go on running, or whatever my body will allow me to do, to move towards a day when this awful disease is a thing of the past.”
In the four years she’s been fundraising, Lauren has raised around £5000 for Cancer Research UK, to donate visit https://www.justgiving. com/runningforRosie2015/
Lauren Stephenson will run in the Great North Run.