Harlow woman to take on more than a marathon for Teenage Cancer Trust

Health / Sat 29th Aug 2020 at 06:46am

THIS September, Alice Turrell, 24, from Harlow, is taking on 28 miles through September to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, the only UK charity providing specialist nursing and emotional support for young people with cancer.

Alice will be running, walking, and jogging the 28 miles as part of Teenage Cancer Trust’s More Than A Marathon challenge, which takes place over the month of September. Participants can choose to walk, jog or run 28 miles, one for each of Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist units. 

Alice is taking on the challenge (along with her mum, Jane) because back in 2018 Alice was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

She was referred to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where she was treated on a new trial chemotherapy, being the first person in the UK to receive this.

Over the course of six months, the ward became a home-from-home while undergoing intense treatment, spending her time split between her home and the ward.  

Alice  said: “Myself and my family owe so much to Teenage Cancer Trust, they literally saved my life and made the experience of having cancer as a young adult  a whole lot more comfortable through their specialist care team and unit designed specifically for young people. It really made such a difference.

Even today, I am in remission and the trust continues to support and be there for me, which I was especially grateful for during Covid shielding.

Before chemo I was active, then the treatment was harsh and I was wheelchair bound for a while. I am still working hard on getting my fitness back up, and this challenge gives me the push and motivation I need. They have done so much for me, so I want to give back to them as a thank you, and help more young people access this specialist care at the toughest time in their life.” 

Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Every day in the UK, seven young people hear the words ‘you have cancer’.

Teenage Cancer Trust are there to make sure that each one of them is able to access the life-changing specialist nursing and support that they so urgently need, throughout their treatment and beyond. 

We’re so grateful to Alice for taking on More Than A Marathon. Every pound raised is vital in allowing us to protect and grow our specialist services to ensure young people get access to the very best treatment, care and support possible and are treated as young people first, cancer patient second.” 

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