When Emma Carey and her friend Sue Eastwood cross the finish line in the London Marathon, it will be an emotional moment.
The pair – supported by 20 family members and friends cheering them on along the route – are running the 26 miles in April, in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust, in memory of Emma’s brother-in-law, Lee.
Lee Carey was just 27 when he died, in 2003. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma when he was just 25.
He was waiting for a bone marrow transplant, but by the time a match was found for him, tragically he was too ill.
To mark the 10 years since he died, Emma and her friend Sue, who work together at the Department of Works and Pensions, decided to sign up for a marathon.
Emma, from Bispham, said: “I’ve done Tough Mudder, a ghost walk at the Pleasure Beach, we’ve done the 10k on the Promenade and I wanted to do a marathon for my 40th.
“That was in December, so I didn’t get chance to do it before, but I fancied the London Marathon.
“We’re not really runners, but we started running in May. It can be hard sometimes around Blackpool with the weather and how windy it gets.
“We wanted to do something in memory of Lee, but are both outside the age bracket to join the Anthony Nolan donor register, as you have to be between 16 and 30. So we came up with this.”
Sue added: “We’ve already been holding fundraising events, such as cakes sales, bag packs and quiz nights. People have been really generous.
“Celplas PVC gave us a good chunk and Emma’s daughter Nicole, who is 16, has raised money at college. All our friends and family have been supportive.” Emma added: “We know it will be really emotional when we cross the line – because are doing it for Lee.
“But it might help other people and it will also raise awareness of the condition and the charity.”
Lee’s mum Carol said she hoped sharing his story would help raise awareness.
“By the time Lee’s condition was diagnosed, it was stage four and was too late. He received brilliant care, but by the time a match was found, he was too poorly. “I’ll never forget what he said to me once when we were in the car on the way to the hospital. He said: ‘Something we all take for granted until we don’t have is our health.’ And he was absolutely right. I’d urge anyone who has any symptoms to see their doctor and if you’re not happy with the answer, keep going back, be insistent.”
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