Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

Our very own Sue Anderson, Bristol’s Netball Development Community Coach, is running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Leukaemia UK.

On New Year’s Eve 2018, Sue’s mum passed away after having a battle with Leukaemia. Sue said ‘Her mum was diagnosed in January 2017 with Leukaemia, she was so poorly that we were told she may not survive the week but my mum is not one for giving up and battled for 7 weeks when we finally got to take her home.’

‘She slowly got back on her feet but was always pretty weak, having a constant 28 day cycle of chemo where she would have to have two injections a day into her tummy for 10 days then get 18 off. With everything she went threw she never moaned once, just let the doctors and nurses do what they had to do.’

‘She is my true inspiration and so I decided to run the London marathon to raise money for Leukaemia. She was over the moon with the idea. Unfortunately on the 20th December last year she was rushed back into hospital and the disease had spread to her brain and she passed away 11 days later on New Year’s Eve.’

‘The pain in my heart will not subside but I am more determined than ever that I will run this race and raise as much money as I can in her memory.’

If you are inspired by Sue’s story and would like to donate then please use the link to do so: https://UK.virginmoneygiving.com/susananderson18.

Good luck Sue from all at Netball South West!


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