Molly, Team MacmillanPublished: 22 Sep 2021
All I want to do is make my Grandad proud of me, which I hope I am doing every day
On the 21st of December 2018 my Grandad, Baccy, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a terminal form of asbestos cancer. As a family, we were devastated as we never thought something like this would happen to us. He chose, with the whole family’s support, to just have pain relief as there was no cure and no guarantee what result a clinical trial would do for him. My Baccy dealt with his diagnosis openly and with humour right up until the very end. Sadly, on the 25th of November 2019, we lost him to this cruel disease.
My Grandad never let this disease change who he was until he was physically unable to, he truly was and will always be my hero. He was the glue of our family and without him here, there will always be an empty space and it will never be normal again.
In June 2018, I decided to run the Regent Park 10k for Macmillan where I raised over £1000. I was grateful that I was able to do this with my Grandad still here so he was able to tell me how proud he was of me. I took a picture after I had completed the run with my Grandad and it is a picture I will treasure for the rest of my life as it is one of the last pictures I have with him.
This year I wanted to go bigger and better so I decided, why not do the London Marathon! My target for fundraising was £2620. My total is now over £4000 and I couldn’t be more grateful to the people who have donated and shared my story. All I want to do is make my Grandad proud of me, which I hope I am doing every day. I hope he is always looking down on me as I will always look up to him.
That is my main motivation for wanting to run the London Marathon for Macmillan. It is the least I could do to say thank you to this amazing charity for the care, compassion and love they gave to my Grandad and family. We all are forever grateful.