Lizzie Jokiel, from Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire is taking on the challenge of running the Big Half marathon in London on Sunday 4 March to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer.
Raising awareness of bowel cancer is important to Lizzie. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 47 and now has a permanent stoma, following surgery and chemotherapy. She is determined to make more people aware of the disease and raise much needed funds for the cause.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, with nearly 16,000 people in dying each year of the disease and over 41,000 people being diagnosed. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
Lizzie, who did her last half marathon in October and now runs three times a week, said: “I’m raising money for this charity that helped me, so others can continue to be supported. I am thankful that my cancer was treated and I now feel fit enough to go out and do things I never imagined myself doing. A diagnosis of cancer does not mean it’s the end. I’m feeling confident and looking forward to the run.”
Donations can be made to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elisabeth-jokiel1
Fundraising Events Manager for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, Leanne Richards, said: “We are very proud to have Lizzie fundraising for us, it’s an amazing challenge. For us, at Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, it means we can continue with our vital work of saving lives, enabling research and improving the quality of life and support services for all those affected by bowel cancer.”