“It was nearly three years ago that I sat down with my wife Karan one evening and she told me the terrible news that she had found a lump on her breast. The doctor confirmed our worst fears and we were told that she had breast cancer. I couldn’t believe it; I never thought anything like that would ever happen to my family.
I had lost my dad to stomach cancer only a few years earlier so to find out that Karen now had cancer was even more of a blow. My dad was such a lovely man and a great dad but unfortunately didn’t follow a particularly healthy lifestyle and this is one of the main reasons why I’m now so passionate about health and diet.
Karan had an operation followed by year and a half of chemotherapy and radiotherapy but some month’s later pneumonia set in, complicating her recovery. That whole period of time was tough for all of us but especially so for Karan. She amazed everyone with how strong she was - she was such a soldier and it was a huge relief when she was eventually given the all clear.”
“You are only given one body and you’ve got to make it last. So every hour on the treadmill or pounding the roads at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning has to be an investment worth making. The thought of having so nearly lost my wife to the disease kept me motivated through difficult training sessions.”
Ian managed to raise £1,400 for WCRF UK. “The weather was perfect on race day and the atmosphere was amazing; running with thousands of other people who were all raising money for a variety of causes. There was great support throughout the race and the crowd was fantastic, especially when I saw Karan and our friends cheering me on. From this experience I’m already looking for my next charity run and looking to take part in a race every few months where possible.
“Together, Karan and I try to lead by example with our two children. We have always encouraged healthy eating and exercise with them and they are now fit and healthy, outgoing young adults. I’ve learnt that you can’t worry about things that are irrelevant and to enjoy the simpler things in life, like making the most of our time with loved ones.”
We thank Ian for his amazing effort; it is through the sheer determination of people like Ian and all of our other wonderful runners and events participants who go through gruelling training programmes and raise amazing amounts of money towards WCRF UK’s cancer prevention research – making a real difference to thousands of lives. Thank you!