Runner prepares for 10k challenge in memory of parents lost to cancer

Laura Reeve with her brother and their parents, before they passed away. Photo: Laura Reeve

Laura Reeve with her brother and their parents, before they passed away. Photo: Laura Reeve - Credit: Archant

With this year's Run Norwich 10k just weeks away, 2017's 6,000 runners are training - and fundraising - hard.

One runner, Laura Reeve, is taking on the Run Norwich challenge in memory of her Mum and Dad and to raise funds for Big C, one of Run Norwich 2017's four charities.

The charity helped support Laura when her parents were unwell. She lost her father, Peter, in 2014, after his fight with asbestos-related cancer, and her mum, Shirley, survived uterine cancer in 2006, before passing away due to a heart attack.

Laura said: 'I always knew that there was someone there if I needed them, so I really appreciate the work that the Big C does.

'I know first-hand how essential that can be to people. I always had a positive experience of the Big C Centre – it's such an excellent resource to help you when you need it the most, not just for cancer patients but for their family too.'

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Laura has since trained as a counsellor and volunteers at The Big C.

She said: 'I hope that I can make both Mum and Dad proud by taking part in Run Norwich for Team Big C and I hope that I can raise plenty of cash to help others who may not be so fortunate as me'.

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Clive Evans, director of income generation and communications at The Big C, said: 'Laura's story really highlights why Run Norwich is a fantastic event to get involved in; as a runner, or volunteer.

'We are thrilled to be one of this year's chosen official charities for the event and the money raised will make a significant difference to those in our community who have a cancer diagnosis and those close to them.'

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