Walk and run to involve everybody in breast cancer campaign
It's only a couple of weeks until the second Swindon Mad March Hare event in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer on 15 March 2009.
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to go to the MMH site to enter the 10km and 5km power walks and runs around Lydiard Park, starting at Greendown School in Grange Park.
Organiser Eunice Salmon said the idea came from Irene Hare a member of Swindon Twin Peaks who undertook several overnight Moonwalk Marathons in London, before she lost her battle with breast cancer. “Irene didn’t let cancer affect her life and was always finding ways to raise money. She was a very determined, inspirational, lovely lady; she was always keen to see a walk for Breakthrough take place in Swindon.”
Shirley Garman, centre of the picture on the right, who has stepped down as Wiltshire Breast Cancer Coordinator whilst she undergoes major chemo and radio therapy treatment, said Mad March Hare was started to give people unable to do the Walk the Walk half and full marathons in different parts of the country the chance to take part.
“I was delighted when some of our regular walkers said it was time to organise a Swindon event. There is huge support for Breakthrough and offering shorter distances locally was ideal to get everybody involved.
“Despite the fact that the weather forced our first attempt to be postponed, the event at the end of March last year was a huge success. The volunteers worked so hard.
“It can be so frustrating when you’ve lost someone to cancer or a loved one is receiving treatment. Many on the start line last year were taking part for someone else. But exercise can be a wonderful way to burn away that anger and frustration and taking part with others who feel the same as you is an uplifting experience.”
Having been treated for breast cancer twice, Shirley was given days to live when she was diagnosed with a tumour on her brain in September. An operation to remove it was successful and she now makes weekday trips to Oxford for radiotherapy, whilst taking oral chemotherapy until Christmas to be followed a further six weeks of chemotherapy.
“The love that has been poured upon me over the last few weeks has been amazing,” said Shirley. “The well wishes have been wonderful and I’ve had so many laughs with people who have been visiting.
“If my body can take the treatment and I’m fit, I’ll definitely be coming to the Mad March Hare.”
The event is also dedicated to Mad March Hare committee member Ros Marsh Ros who is courageously fighting bone cancer.
Click here to see more pictures from last year’s event.
Click on the box below to enter the Mad March Hare: