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Kathryn Hughes took part JogJan for PanCan in memory of her mum, who sadly lost her life to pancreatic cancer 5 years ago. She shares the sad story of losing her mum and how she got on in this year's challenge.
“I was looking for a challenge to help me through the doom and gloom of a lockdown January and this popped up on my Facebook feed. The perfect chance to keep myself physically and mentally fit and to raise funds for a cause very close to my heart.
My lovely mammy died over 5 years ago now after a 12 month battle. And it was a battle, with gruelling treatment and bad, hard to bear news but she did it all with such grace, dignity and humour (that was her way!). It was hard to watch her go through it especially knowing she did it for us, but we were thankful to still have a year and we made sure we had lots of fun and made more lovely memories.
This JogJan for PanCan was perfect and set myself a 100km target because I don’t really enjoy running. But once I got started I found an inner Forrest Gump! And just kept going. So, as well as raising funds for PCA I have a very strong sense of pride in myself and my achievement of over doubling my original target.
The support from the group on Facebook and from Murray and others, the zoom sessions will Ali and the feeling of belonging to an amazing and inspirational community have all been phenomenal. It has been a truly uplifting experience and I can’t wait to do it again.
I’m also looking forward to hearing what else I can do to help the charity in its quest to raise awareness, especially on early diagnosis which is crucial. So, well done to the PCA team for arranging this and for all the support and to everyone for such a sterling effort. I applaud you all. And also well done me (not something I say often enough). Take care everyone, and keep on running you lovely purple warriors.”