13:41 Friday 31 January 2014

Swadlincote man running to show thanks to cancer charity

Written byMATTHEW COBB

A SOUTH Derbyshire man is aiming to get fit and lose weight to show his appreciation for the nurses that looked after his ill mother-in-law.

47-year-old Dave Lawrence from Swadlincote will take part in the Lichfield Half Marathon on Sunday, May 4 and will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Having lost his parents some years ago, Dave sees his wife Tracey’s mother, Jean West as ‘Mum’.

16 years ago she was successfully treated for Leukemia. However last year she lost her husband to Alzheimer’s and soon after was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Jean, who is 71-years-old and from Witton in Birmingham, has already received chemotherapy but is now set to start an intensive program of radiotherapy treatment.

The support shown by Macmillan nurses from the beginning made Dave think about a way to show his gratitude.

He said: “I went with her when she started the chemotherapy and the Macmillan nurse who took charge of my frightened and extremely apprehensive ‘Mum’ was absolutely brilliant, reassuring and caring.

“When she required an emergency blood transfusion, and as we live about 30 miles away, she went on her own. Sharon the Macmillan nurse was at the Dudley Road Hospital outside waiting for her and stayed with her until someone else took charge – that’s what I call dedicated service.”

Dave, who works at the Argos warehouse in Barton under Needwood, also saw the half marathon as an opportunity to regain his fitness and lose weight. He has been training most days at Branston Club and has lost 10 pounds since Christmas.

He said: “With some mates I ran a half marathon in Milton Keynes about three years ago but since then I’m much heavier so I’m working hard to get fit and shed some weight while finding sponsors to raise money for Macmillan.”

Dave has already raised around £ 420 and anyone wishing to sponsor him can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/dave-lawrence4.

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