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  • Leah Cardiff Half

By Leah Burfoot


Nothing in this world can prepare you for the pain of losing anyone, let alone your dad.

The past few months have been tough beyond belief and I don’t even know where to begin. In my last post, we had just had the devastating news that dad was no longer in remission and I was praying for a miracle. The day my first blog was posted with Leukaemia CARE was the day of dad’s funeral. He had lost his epic fight on the 12th October 2015.

I’m not going to sugar-coat the harsh reality of this; it is horrendous. Having to relive it is painful and, to be honest, I can’t even write about it. I was determined that I would not run the marathon in memory of him, instead we were going to fight this together and we were going to win. Apparently there was another plan.

As you can imagine this put me in a low mental place where I couldn’t see the point of doing it anymore. If I couldn’t share this with him then why bother?

But dad taught me to never give up; to always be strong and to face your fears; so that is what I am doing. With the help of my running club, I have got back into my training and I am so excited. I went out for my first run in two months on the 18th December, it was emotional and exhausting but I definitely needed to do it.

My advice to you all is to make it fun; mix it up, change your routes and set yourself little challenges to motivate you when you beat them. Try to have a positive attitude, believe you can do it and don’t focus on the negatives like bad sessions or bad weather.

The week before dad passed I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon along with my brother, Chris, and my auntie, Sam, who are also running the London Marathon for Leukaemia CARE. It was such an amazing experience, I absolutely loved it and stopping off to see Dad on my way home to show him my medal was just priceless. Something I will hold onto forever.

In regards to fundraising, I am half way towards by £2,000 target which is completely overwhelming. In November, I held a quiz night with a raffle and I raised an amazing £430. The help and support I have been receiving is unreal. I plan on organising a family film night during half term and I’m excited to focus on something again which will have a positive effect.

I know dad is with me every step of the way and that’s what keeps me going. I will complete the marathon and I will hold my medal up high with pride. Knowing that the money raised will help so many individuals and their families, keeps me motivated.

Stay positive and always have hope.             

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