Widow's Walk For Life

Friday, 12th January 2018 | General | 0 comments

Laura Garnell for Liverpool has walked more than 600 miles for North West Cancer Research in memory of her husband George. 

The 65 year old has made a promise to walk two miles or more every day to raise money for life-saving cancer research, after George died from prostate cancer last year. 

Laura has covered more than 600 miles in just six months. For every 10 miles she walks, she will donate £1 to the NWCR.

The money raised will fund world-class cancer research which directly benefits people living in Liverpool and the North West.

Laura said: “We lost George just over a year ago, after being diagnosed with cancer in 2014. He underwent hormone therapy and had an injection every three months to shrink the tumour and this seemed to work for a while.

“Then one day for no particular reason the treatment stopped working. He started to feel unwell and eventually he couldn’t even walk without getting very ill.

“We went straight to the doctors and they admitted him immediately. His prostate levels had shot up so high since his last treatment and we were told he only had three to six months left to live.

“I was absolutely devastated. George took it all in his stride though and was always so positive – he was the funny big-hearted man everyone loved right up until the end.”

Walking to fund life-saving cancer research 

After her husband’s death Laura turned to her love of walking as a form of therapy. When she read about North West Cancer Research in a local newspaper, she knew then that she wanted to do something to help prevent others from going through what George did.

She said: “I’ve been doing this for almost six months now, only missing a few days when I’ve been ill. On days when the weather has been bad I’ve got my walks in on the treadmill. I walk all over. Mostly around Sefton Park as it’s a beautiful spot near where I live and I often walk to the shops in town and back again.

“What I am doing is just a small challenge compared to what George and others living with cancer have gone through, but if the money I raise can help even just one person, then it will be a success.

 

“North West Cancer Research is a wonderful charity. I went to their research labs at the University of Liverpool a few weeks back to see some of the research it supports and it was an amazing experience.

“I hope George would be proud of what I am doing. I know if he was here with us today he’d be out there walking with me and probably pushing me to go those extra couple of miles more.”

More than 40,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year - making it the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.

North West Cancer Research is the biggest funder of cancer research here in Liverpool. The charity has committed to funding more than £13million worth of research over the next five years.This includes £1million of funding to help sustain the NWCR Centre at the University of Liverpool till 2021.

To support Laura’s walk for life, you can make a text donation by texting NWCR17 £5 to 70070.

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