A Lanarkshire guy will take on the Edinburgh Marathon this weekend in an emotional tribute to his past due female friend.
Caroline Cassidy used to be simply 34 when she gave up the ghost from most cancers in 2019.
Now her boyfriend Martin Gorman is participating in Sunday’s tournament within the capital to lift price range for the Make 2nds Count charity, and in addition to make other people acutely aware of secondary breast most cancers.
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“Cara used to be recognized with breast most cancers and had a complete yr of remedy. I bear in mind she had what we idea used to be her final spherical of remedy between Christmas and New Year on the finish of 2018.
“It felt like she had gone through it all and was going to be okay. But she kept getting sore heads for a few months afterwards and A&E couldn’t get to the bottom of it.
“I spotted there used to be slight adjustments to her reminiscence too, she’s omit a couple of issues right here and there.
“We went for an MRI scan and they told us the cancer had spread to her brain. It was such a shock after thinking it was all over.”
Caroline, who labored as a carer, underwent additional remedy, however the most cancers had unfold too a long way. She used to be put on palliative care, and 3 weeks after returning to her house, she gave up the ghost on June 2, 2019.
Since Caroline’s dying, Martin has thrown himself into looking to elevate each price range and consciousness referring to secondary breast most cancers.
He added: “There can be a lot of false hope with cancer and a lot of people don’t understand the differences between breast cancer and secondary breast cancer.
“There are over 35,000 other people in the United Kingdom who’ve secondary breast most cancers, however just a small quantity of most cancers investment is going in opposition to it.
“So I’ve tried to do what I can – we’ve had Hallowe’en events as Cara always loved Hallowe’en. I wasn’t in a good place after she died, but I needed to keep going for her.
“I take a look at it like anyone did not get an opportunity to are living their existence, so I’m going to profit from being fortunate sufficient to try this.”
Martin, who works as a joiner, was given advice by Stevie Kidd, a business and life coach.
He suggested Martin take part in a Reach Your Peak event, which saw Martin join a group that climbed five Munros one after the other.
From there, Martin has taken an interest in running and endurance sports, which has led him to take part in the Edinburgh marathon this weekend.
He admitted: “I’m petrified by means of the problem and the way I’ll do! But I do like staying power issues and I’ll give it a excellent pass.”
Martin is fundraising for the Make 2nds Count charity, who aim to raise awareness and fund medical research that will contribute to advancing an increased quality of life for patients with secondary breast cancer.
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