Kyme Jackson, from Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, was diagnosed with cancer aged 20 when he was studying and working towards a business degree. Now 22 and in remission, he’s running the Windsor Half Marathon to raise money for CLIC Sargent, which helped him through his toughest times. Here, he tells his story.
"I was really shocked when I was diagnosed with lymphoma, cancer.
"It was December 2014 and at the time I was in the middle of a work placement for my business degree. But suddenly all of that was on hold, and just before Christmas I was transferred to University College London Hospital (UCLH) for my first session of chemo.
"Sam, a CLIC Sargent Social Worker visited me on the ward. She explained that she could help me out in lots of different ways, and was somebody I could talk to when things got difficult. Sam left me with some leaflets to read about lymphoma and treatment, and some information about how CLIC Sargent could help. She said that I could speak to her whenever I needed.
"When I came back for my second treatment Sam and I had a good talk about how I was feeling and what I was going through, and it went from there really. She helped me write emails to my employers to explain what was going on so that I’d receive sick pay. And she offered to contact my uni too.
"My treatment finished in May 2015 and I’m feeling great now. The best I’ve ever felt.
"I signed up to run the British 10k six weeks after my treatment finished - which was a bit of a struggle as I hadn’t fully recovered. But I did it.
"The Windsor Half Marathon is going to be a massive challenge for me. But when I saw that CLIC Sargent is the official charity for the run I signed up to run with my cousin, even though I don’t have a runner’s physique, in fact I don’t really like running at all!
"We’re hoping to raise as much as we can for this brilliant charity that helped me out so much when I was sick, and I hope it helps them support more young people and children who are going through cancer now."
If you would like to sponsor Kyme please visit his official JustGiving page.
Windsor Half Marathon
Sign up to join Kyme and our other Team CLIC Sargent runners in the Windsor Half Marathon.
The registration fee for one of our CLIC Sargent guaranteed places is currently half price at just £10 and we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship to support children and young people with cancer, and their families.
Find out more
To find out more about the event, please contact the CLIC Sargent Running team on 0845 602 4770 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org