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Devizes mums on the run to support cancer cause
12:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
DEVIZES mum Christina O’Brien-Noyes ran her first half marathon with friend Jenny Barnett after being inspired by her nine-year-old son’s battle with cancer.
The pair, who have been friends since the age of 12, challenged themselves to run the Bristol Half Marathon as Mrs O’Brien-Noyes’ son Kian has Hodgkin Lymphoma, a blood cancer.
Mrs O’Brien-Noyes, 33, and Mrs Barnett, 34, undertook five months of training and completed the event on Sunday together in two hours 17 minutes.
Kian was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma the week before Christmas after he had a lump in his neck removed at Southampton General Hospital.
Doctors are monitoring his condition and he returns to Southampton every three months for CT scans. Kian goes to Wansyke Primary School and plays football for Bishops Cannings.
Mrs O’Brien-Noyes, a trainee surveyor of Cromwell Road who also has a seven-year-old son, said: “We don’t have masses of history of cancer in our family so when Kian was diagnosed it was a bolt out of the blue.”
The ladies both had niggling aches during the Bristol Half Marathon and Mrs O’Brien-Noyes was on anti-biotics for an infection in a wisdom tooth but thinking of Kian inspired them to finish.
Mrs O’Brien-Noyes said: “By mile seven I got quite emotional and couldn’t stop thinking about Kian and the reason we were doing it. He was in our thoughts and kept us going.”
Mrs Barnett, who has two daughters, is godmother to Kian and said: “The last three miles were quite gruelling but when we crossed the line it was quite euphoric.”
The women are raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, and are well on the way to achieving their target of raising £2,000.
Mrs Barnett, an early years practitioner who lives in Waylands, thanked everyone who had donated money including the Four Seasons pub in Devizes which, in conjunction with Devizes Urban Beats, raised money by holding an event. Eastleigh Road Fish Bar also has a collection tin and is running a raffle.
She said: “We are so grateful for all the support we have received. We chose this charity because we would like to think at some point there will be a cure. Blood cancers affect more people than you realise.”
Make a donation at www.justgiving.com/jenny-chrissy
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