Marathon mum out to help beat blood can­cers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

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.just­giv­ vic­to­ri­afin­layson

Ash­ford mum Vic­to­ria Fin­layson in train­ing

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