Janet Buckley is part of Team CLIC Sargent for this year’s London Marathon and is raising money in memory of her son Liam, who sadly died of cancer in October 2015. Here, Janet tells her story.
“‘Run it for me Mum’ - these words have echoed in my head for the past few months as my wonderful 23-year-old son Liam fought so bravely against terminal cancer - a fight he sadly lost in October 2015.
“He showed such tremendous courage throughout his illness, never once did he moan or complain. 'Inspirational' was the word used by everyone to describe him.
"Liam had been away studying aerospace engineering at university, he hadn't been home for around eight weeks because of exams, and when he did come home I noticed he had lost a bit of weight, I put it down to studying and not eating right but when he said he kept getting stomach ache I booked him in to see the doctor.
“Just two weeks later he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was a healthy boy before that, ate healthily, loved football, we never expected this.
"Liam was very bright and would study CT scanning and MRI machines so he knew what was happening and our CLIC Sargent Social Worker Louise was with Liam and our family every step of the way.
Liam believed in me
"He knew I had always wanted to run the London marathon but never had the courage to do it. In fact, I had never run more than six miles but Liam believed in me and kept on saying 'run it for me, mum'.
“That was Liam, always thinking of others, knowing that his time was running out he thought of me and how training for the marathon would help see me through the hard times ahead. He found out I had got a place just two days before he died.
A big thank you
"I think that by raising money for CLIC Sargent all the family can say a big thank you to some of the people who have helped. So, on Sunday 24 April 2016, I will put on my running vest (with Liam's picture on it) and complete the London Marathon - running 26.2 miles will be nothing compared to what he went through.
"Liam, I know, will be with me every step of the way and as I cross the finishing line I will look at his picture and say " I did it, just like you said I could, I ran it for you."
To support Janet and her fundraising for CLIC Sargent visit her official JustGiving page.
Find out more
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