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Brave Droitwich mum-of-two to celebrate ten years being cancer free by running London Marathon

Lorna Morris 19th Apr, 2018

A BRAVE mum-of-two from Droitwich is running the London Marathon to celebrate ten years of being cancer free.

Louise Hird has already raised more than £1,600 for the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust (GKLT), a charity which raises awareness of childhood cancer, funds research, provides education and supports families.

The 38-year-old was diagnosed with Stage Two Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008 when she was 36 weeks pregnant, she had a 12cm mass in her chest cavity and cancerous lymph nodes in her neck.

Within ten days Louise had given birth to her son Jacob by cesarean section, undergone biopsies, CT scans and had begun six months of chemotherapy.

Now ten years since diagnosis and getting the all clear, Louise wanted to mark the milestone in a big way by completing the 26.2 mile challenge on April 22.

She said: “Most people will know that I enjoy running, but I really am a 5-10km girl. I have completed one half marathon in October 2015 but I am no Paula Radcliffe!

“This run is for all of those people and families who have to endure the heartache and misery that a cancer diagnosis brings.”

Louise said childhood cancers affect one in every 285 children before their 20th birthday and is the biggest cause of death.

“I’m running for The Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust, for little Grace, who will be forever four,” she added.

“Grace’s family are amazing, setting up the Trust in the wake of Grace’s death to raise awareness and critical funds to contribute to research grants into rare solid childhood tumours.

“Dealing with cancer as an adult is bad enough, I was lucky but children should not have to suffer, the children of today deserve a tomorrow.”

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