A 25-year-old cancer survivor is launching a campaign to raise £10,000 for charity starting with running the Virgin Money London Marathon.
Joe Curry was 14 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is now celebrating ten years in remission.
Joe, who is originally from Halesowen, West Midlands, but now lives in Elephant and Castle, London, said: “I was diagnosed in April 2004 and treatment went on until Christmas that year. The best advice I was given was to try and live a normal life but that doesn’t mean it didn’t sometimes all get the better of me.
“One thing that will stay with me forever is seeing all the little sick kids in hospital. That’s why I wanted to support a children’s cancer charity. I knew things could be worse for me when I was being treated but seeing toddlers looking so ill was horrible.
“I know that some of the children I saw in hospital wouldn’t have made it which is so upsetting."
I’m lucky today that I’m in a position where I can do something for those other kids, and their families.
Joe decided to run the marathon for CLIC Sargent because the charity helps the whole family of a child or young person with cancer.
But he decided he did not want to stop with the marathon and is planning a total of ten events and challenges with the aim of raising £10,000, to be shared between a number of charities.
He said: “At the time I didn’t realise how much cancer affects the people around you. I dealt with having cancer quite well but I didn’t think about what my family must have been going through until a lot later.
“The December just gone marked ten years since I went into remission so I decided to challenge myself to do ten charity events this year and raise £10,000. I decided it didn’t matter how hard it might be, I was going to commit to raising money for charity this year. It’s going to be difficult but I wanted to challenge myself. The London Marathon is such an iconic event and you don’t get much harder.
“I like to keep fit and go to the gym but I’m not a runner. I played hockey to a decent level but I’ve never been a long distance runner, the furthest I’d run was probably about 5km. My mates are all asking what I’m doing!”
If you would like to sponsor Joe visit https://www.justgiving.com/Joe-Curry/
If you’ve been inspired by Joe and would like to take on a run for CLIC Sargent visit http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/events/runs