Steg’s Angels run for charity
Three Paisley pals are pretty in pink after they scrambled, jumped and crawled their way to their fundraising total in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
Determined trio Nicola Roy, 24, Kirsty McKay, 23, and 22-year-old Hayley Gormal collected £1,000 for Cancer Research UK after taking on the Pretty Muddy 5K.
The team,named Steg’s Angels in honour of Nicola’s beloved brother Stephen who lost his battle with bowel cancer in 2016 aged just 18, powered round the course at Pollok Country Park at the weekend.
Devoted Hayley took on the challenge for cousin Danielle McKee, 23, who passed away in November last year.
Nicola, who last year had the honour of starting the race with mum Helen and dad Ian, says the race is a way of keeping her brother’s memory alive.
She said: “Stephen was the best brother I could have ever asked for. He was funny, handsome, talented, kind and loving. I am thankful that we had such a close relationship.
“My heart is broken but I am so proud to be Stephen’s sister and it is a great comfort to my family and I to know how well loved he is.
“I am living life for us both now. I miss him more every day and I will never let him be forgotten – he was so special to my family and me.”
The course, which involves clambering over obstacles and running through mud pits, offers up its own unique challenges.
Niciola added: “The atmosphere at the event is fantastic, which helps make it such a great day, and we all had so much fun encouraging each other to keep going.
“The obstacles were such a good laugh. Hayley fell off her space hopper right into some mud which had us in stitches. I felt amazing crossing that finish line. I have left my medal at Stephen’s grave as my race was dedicated to him.”
Stephen, a Glenvale Under-19 goalie, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2015.
He had surgery to remove the tumour and chemotherapy, but he suffered a massive cardiac arrest while helping coach kids at the Harmony Row playing fields in Glasgow.
He recovered, but was once more struck down by the disease. He passed away in July 2016. Hayley was also determined to keep the memory of her muchloved cousin Danielle McKee alive as she took part in the race.
She said: “I’m asking all of my friends and family to help donate even if it’s as little as £1, so we can take one step closer to beating this horrible disease and make our Danni proud.”
Stephen and Nicola’s mum Helen is incredibly proud of all the team’s efforts.
She said: “Her dad and I are just so proud of how she is keeping Stephen’s memory alive. They were so close and she’s determined he’ll never be forgotten. She is trying to stop other families going through the same heartache we’ve gone through.”
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