Mother and son to run Bristol 10K for cancer charity
By Prue_Reid | Tuesday, April 02, 2013, 18:33
A MOTHER and son from Portishead are to run the Bristol 10K to raise money for a Pill based cancer charity.
Debbie and Zack are gearing up to run the Bristol 10k.
Debbie Taylor, 42 and 15-year-old son Zack will be taking part in the event on May 5 to raise money for Penny Brohn Cancer Care.
The pair wanted to raise money for the charity after it stepped in to help Debbie after she was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas in 2010.
Shortly after her diagnosis, over the course of seven months, Debbie had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery as well as chemotherapy.
It was following her treatment that Debbie felt she needed more support and she started to use the services of Penny Brohn Cancer Care.
The charity helps people to live well with the impact of cancer at any stage of their journey.
It's unique combination of physical, emotional and spiritual support is designed to work alongside medical treatment.
The charity delivers a range of residential and non-residential services including courses, one to one appointments, nutritional advice, support groups and a helpline.
Debbie said: "The first time I went to Penny Brohn Cancer Care, I remember it so well.
"I came in desperation and just cried.
"The support I received from everyone at the charity was fantastic.
"I attended lots of different courses and it helped me deal with everything that had happened.
"They were an unbelievable support and I am so grateful and lucky to have them on my doorstep.
"I decided I wanted to do something to help the charity and thought the 10K was a great way to do this.
"Before my cancer diagnosis I had run the Bristol Half Marathon, and I thought this was a good challenge to focus on as well as knowing I would be helping something that has helped me so much.
"When I said I was going to do it, Zack said he would like to join me and I'm really looking forward to running with him by my side."
Zack added: "I haven't done anything like this before but I wanted to do something to help Penny Brohn Cancer Care because of all the support they gave mum after her treatment.
They made her normal again and I am really thankful."
The Bristol 10K, which starts and finishes on Bristol's historic Harbourside, takes participants around the city centre, and is a great event for runners of all levels.
Penny Brohn Cancer Care still has places in the Bristol 10K and are urging people to take up the challenge to help more people live well with cancer..