Marathon mum out to help beat blood cancers
Marathon is a personal battle for Victoria
ASHFORD mum Victoria Finlayson is taking on the Flora London Marathon to raise money for Leukaemia Research, and to help fight a cancer that has affected three members of her family.
Victoria will run the 26-mile challenge next month in memory of her father John, who died of leukaemia in 1998, and to celebrate her uncle and cousin’s recoveries from the same cancer.
The 34-year-old, from Muscovy Road, Kennington, said: “My dad was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in 1998 and fought bravely against it for seven years. In the end, though, nothing could be done - it was heartbreaking.
“My uncle Bernard was diagnosed with CLL just before my dad died, so it was a double blow, but he beat his cancer thanks to a life-saving stem cell transplant and new drugs.
“Then my cousin Nigel was told he had leukaemia but also managed to fight it off with new treatment.”
Victoria, who is an underwriting consultant and manages a restaurant, will be supported by husband Alistair, mum Jackie and children Lauren, aged five, and Jamie, two, as she takes on the big race, hoping to raise £1,000 for Leukaemia Research.
She added: “Without the new medications and treatment brought about by research, wonderful people like my father will continue to die from blood cancers. My uncle and cousin have been saved from this fate, so I hope my fund-raising will contribute a little towards helping others like them.”
As well as having her family cheering her on the day, Victoria will be running in good company as she passes by some of London’s famous landmarks. Leukaemia Research’s team includes a variety of celebrities from television programmes such as Emmerdale, Spooks and The Bill.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Victoria in her fundraising effort should visit her fund-raising website at www.justgiving.com/ victoriafinlayson
Ashford mum Victoria Finlayson in training