Tracy Wills, 52 from Fawdon has signed up to do the Great North Run this year for St Oswald’s Hospice.
My dad has beaten cancer twice now. He loves the Hospice and always donates money and items. When he walks the dogs he picks up any money he finds on the ground then saves it up to donate every few months.
I haven’t had the best year myself, I’ve been going through a hard time with health problems and one thing I found to help was to set goals in my life. I had always said I wanted to do the Great North Run but I’ve just never got round to it. As I’m doing this for my dad, I asked him which charity he would like me to run for, and of course he said St Oswald’s. When I found out I got my place I was absolutely buzzing, I’m so excited to do it and I’m just so happy.
It’s been great to have something to concentrate on and it’s really helping me mentally and physically. My alarm goes off at 5:30 every morning and I train with my sister, we go running, cycling, swimming or to the gym for an hour. It’s quite a shock as I’ve never ran before, but getting thrown into the deep end is exciting, I’m really looking forward to it.
My parents are so proud of me for signing up. They’re supporting me through the whole thing including my fundraising. I think my favourite bit will be when I’m finished, then sense of achievement will be immense, I think I’ll probably cry! But I know it will be incredible, we’ve booked a holiday to Mexico for two weeks the day after so that’s a good treat for completing it!
Brian Wills, Tracy’s Dad said:
I’ve always supported cancer charities but I wanted to support a charity closer to home. The main way I collect money is from walking the dog every day, we do three walks a day and every bit of money I see on the floor I pick it up and donate it. I’ve donated over £200 so far and love coming into the Hospice to give the money in, meeting staff members and seeing how my money helps.
I have prostate cancer and throat cancer, but I don’t let them stop me living my life. They don’t make much difference to my day to day living so I don’t need to concentrate on them. The only thing guaranteed in life is that you’re going to die, so supporting St Oswald’s can make that a more comfortable experience. My attitude in life is you’re born, you’re here and then you die, it’s the bit in the middle you need to enjoy and make the most of what you have. I was over the moon when Tracy told me she was doing the Great North Run, we’re so proud of her and she really is making the most out of her life.
If you are touched by Tracey’s story, you can donate to her JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/tracy-wills.