Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Mother completes 10km race months after chemotherapy

A WOMAN completed a 10km race after being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

A WOMAN completed a 10km race after being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Teresa Edwards, 47, of King’s Road, Henley, was joined by a team of runners from Sacred Heart School, where her nine-year-old son Thomas is a pupil, for the Henley Standard 10km earlier this month.

It was the seventh time she has taken part in the annual race but the first since her diagnosis in January. She had just had a hysterectomy when a biopsy revealed that she was suffering from an extremely rare form of appendix cancer called pseudomyxoma peritonei.

She underwent major surgery, which included the removal of her appendix, spleen and large intestine, followed by the chemotherapy.

Mrs Edwards said: “I’ve run the Henley half marathon in the past and the 10km several times but this year I wanted to do it to mark a return to normality after my operation and to show my son, who also completed the 10km, friends and family that I was putting on a strong front while raising money for our school.

“I really didn’t think I’d do the whole thing but was encouraged along the route by my friend Kirsty Grant, along with lots of parents and children from school who had come out to support our team.

“I’ve been pretty tired since I crossed the finishing line but it’s a great local event of which I’m proud to be a part.”

Mrs Edwards, who lives with Thomas and her partner Dan Ordish, said she wanted to raise awareness of her form of cancer.

She said: “I’d really like to get the message out there not to ignore pain, especially in the abdomen or pelvis. Always be sure to have it checked out, even if you have no other symptoms.”

More than 30 runners from Sacred Heart took part in the event. They included year 3 pupils Charlie Ingram and Jessica Robinson, Lizzie Ryan, Ella Fitzpatrick, Ela Chamberlain and Gabriel Andlauer (year 4), William Grant and Thomas (year 5), Will Thompson (year 6) and former pupils Tara Fitzpatrick and Holly Thompson.

They were cheered around the course by parents and pupils, many supplying roadside jelly beans.

Will, 10, the school’s sports captain, completed the course in 44 minutes.

They raised about £2,000 towards the development of some outdoor learning spaces at the school. Film stuntman Gary Connery, of Albert Road, Henley, donated a stuntman training session to whoever raised the most. This was won by Charlie and Jessica, both seven, who raised more than £1,000 between them.

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