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Beccy Cunningham will take on the Birmingham Great Run this year, in memory of her Dad, James Cunningham, who very tragically passed away in 2016 after a battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).
Beccy will be taking on the half marathon, and running a total of 21km, or 12.1 miles in May this year, and will be joining as part of Team CL for the Co”RUN”ation, which will see the largest team CL at the Birmingham Great Run ever.
Beccy’s dad, James, was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2016, and was treated by Professor Charlie Craddock before he unfortunately passed away.
Her dad was treated by research nurse Donna Walsh, who’s position was funded by the charity.
“I’m running this half marathon in my dad’s memory. I lost him in July 2016, he had AML.
The guys at CL were so amazing with dad. His nurse Donna Walsh at the haematology unit at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Professor Charlie Cradock and the whole team at Cure Leukaemia were all brilliant, and my dad held them all in very high regard.
He sure left a lasting impression with those people he met.
He left a huge void that can never be filled. After losing dad, I have battled through mental health with more lows than I care to remember.
Now almost 7 years have passed, it hasn’t gotten easier, but I’ve learnt to live without him.”
Beccy will also be following her sisters footsteps, as her sister Elizabeth took on the same run in 2016 in memory of their father.
In the run up to taking on this challenge, Beccy has lost 6 stone to be able to take this run on in her dads memory.
“In the last 16 months I have lost 6 stone, and have found a love for keeping fit.
This itself would make dad so proud, but I want to make him even prouder and raise as much as possible for Cure Leukaemia!
I’m feeling pretty positive at the moment ahead of the run, it’s all about completing it, regardless of how long it may take me. It’ll be a huge achievement!
Training so far is going okay, my 9-year-old twins train with me and encourage me to keep going! And they remind me why I’m doing it.”