Cancer survivor completes marathon for cancer charity

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A nurse from the Inverbervie medical centre who battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma took on the chalenge of the London Marathon last month to raise money for a cancer charity.

Twenty-eight-year old Sarah Percival completed the twenty six mile run in an impressive four hours 45 minutes and has so far, along with her husband and cousin who ran the course with her, raised £4,500 for Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen.

Sarah explains that once she discovered she had been succesful in the marathon ballot she knew she wanted to raise money for a cancer charity.

She said: “I wanted to raise money for cancer research because I suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma myself. I have been in remission for two years now, so everything is fine but I wanted to raise money and give my support.”

This was Sarah’s first marathon but she is no stranger to long distance running having previously run five half marathons. She explained that she was pretty prepared ahead of the race and took part in an 18 week training course to get ready for the task.

She said: “I actually felt fine afterwards, I really enjoyed running it and there wasn’t a single point where I thought I couldn’t go on.”

She says it was a “Brilliant experience” and that the crowds who were there on the day were “great”.

Sarah has already entered the ballot for next year’s marathon, laughing she said: “So clearly, it hasn’t put me off.”

The charity Sarah raised money for is Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen. The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation (EMF) and Maggie’s are involved in an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £3m to bring a Maggie’s Centre to Foresterhill Hospital, Aberdeen for families affected by cancer across Grampian.

Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest cancer treatment centre but is the only clinical centre in Scotland not supported by Maggie’s.

Maggie’s Aberdeen will support up to 40% of all new people diagnosed with cancer each year by the time the centre is five years old. It aims to be a place where people feel valued, safe and able to take their time as they deal with the isolation and despair of a cancer diagnosis.

Sarah is still accepting donations for her marathon run, to sponsor her visit www.justgiving.co.uk/simon-percival