Seren was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, aged just 19, after she began feeling unwell during her first year at Salford University.
Seren, who is now in her final year studying English Literature, said: “As a student, I thought I was just going out too much and I was a bit run down. I’ve always been health conscious, so when I noticed that I’d put a bit of weight on my stomach I started going to the gym more and cutting down on bad food to try and shift it.”
After a couple of months, Seren saw no improvement and went to the GP for a blood test. The next day she received a call telling her that she needed to go to A&E straight away.
Doctors discovered a cyst and Seren then underwent surgery to remove her left ovary and fallopian tube. Two weeks later, Seren was told they had found cancerous cells and she began a course of chemotherapy.
Seren said: “My mum and dad burst into tears while I was just asking lots of questions about what was going to happen next.
“I was really determined to get through that period and planned loads of things for once the chemo was over like a big family BBQ and going to a music festival with my friends. I didn’t want to miss out.”
Seren is keen to give something back to CLIC Sargent after being supported by the charity’s social workers while she was unwell.
She decided to run the London Marathon, but after suffering a knee injury last year which meant she was unable to take part she vowed to take on the 26.2 miles this April.
Seren said: “CLIC Sargent was an amazing support while I was unwell.
"My social worker helped me to apply for grants which helped with the extra costs during treatment, and they also introduced me to the charity’s Young Person’s Reference Group, where I met other young people affected by a cancer diagnosis.
“I was really upset when I had to pull out of last year’s London Marathon because of my knee. It was only about a month before I was due to run that it became obvious I’d hurt myself and wouldn’t be able to go through with it.
“It feels right this year though, I feel more prepared and ready to go. I’ve been able to do more training and taken on a couple of half marathons to get myself used to distance running.
“I’m excited to get going now. All of my family are going to be there cheering me on towards the last couple of miles so I think that will really give me a boost. I’m not putting lots of pressure on myself to finish in a certain time, I’m just focused on getting around.”
In May, Seren will also take on the Great Manchester Run 10k to raise money for The CATS Campaign.
Seren became President of CATS Salford in September last year. The student-led organisation works to make sure every student and young person across the whole of the UK knows the common signs and symptoms of cancer and when to go and see their GP.
Laura Jade, Sports and Challenge Events Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health through practical, emotional and financial support. We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Seren enough for her fantastic efforts.
“This big challenge Seren is taking on will make a massive difference for young people with cancer by helping us ensure they are getting the right support they need.”
To sponsor Seren’s London Marathon effort, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seren4clicsargent or text the code CLS60 followed by the amount you’d like to donate (£_) to 70070.