A Bushey resident is taking on the London Marathon this spring after his family’s world was “turned upside down” by a cancer diagnosis.
Jonathan Patterson is set to take on the 26.2-mile race in April after his wife Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer, which spread to her lymph nodes last year.
He will be running the race in aid of charity Breast Cancer Now, while dressed as a giant boob to raise awareness of the early warning signs of the disease.
Speaking to BusheyNews about why he decided to take on the challenge, he said: “In the summer of last year, we were dropped the bombshell out of nowhere and our world turned upside down.
“We were just a normal family and then everything changed.
“I have run the marathon before and it’s a good way to get awareness. We often go down to support the marathon and it’s quite emotional when you see people running for different causes.”
Helen added that she is really proud of Jonathan and together they are fighting to get the word out about the early warning signs of breast cancer.
She said: “Hopefully something positive can come out of it. From watching the marathon as spectators to watching him do it for a cause so close to our hearts, it’s about raising awareness.
“I never expected this to happen to me. As a family, we are all really fit. It just came out of the blue. I did find a lump in my breast which I got checked out immediately, but a few months prior to this I had noticed some changes to my nipple which I didn’t think too much about. I wasn’t aware that this was a symptom of breast cancer.”
Jonathan has raised more than £2,200 so far and is also attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon run as a body part.
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