Cancer survivor, Amber Calver (45), is running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, 28 April to raise money for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), who support life-changing research in the prevention of cancer through diet and lifestyle.
Amber started running with her dog as a way to exercise Roxi, her Rhodesian Ridgeback. In 2017 Amber was diagnosed with skin cancer on her face. After being misdiagnosed a couple of times, it was eventually revealed that she would need surgery to remove the tumor. Between her diagnosis and treatment, and then her recovery, the only thing that kept her sane was running. Now she hopes to raise money to help WCRF reduce the number of people developing a preventable cancer. Around 40 per cent of cancer cases are preventable, that’s approximately 144,000 cases in the UK every year.
Before her surgery, Amber said to her husband “If I get through this, I am going to run a marathon.” Running gave Amber something positive to focus on instead of the negative time she was going through. She encourages anyone going through a cancer diagnosis to stay positive by doing the things that are fun and make you happy, surround yourself with the love and support of family and friends, keep healthy by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, and exercise and sleep when you can to keep yourself strong through the shock. Her diagnosis gave her a new perspective, and she is now working her way through a bucket list, starting with the marathon. The next one she hopes to tick off is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
“I never thought I’d run a marathon, but when I run, I am me; people notice me for my running not my surgical scars. The clubs I run with are Kesgrave Kruisers and Rushmere Community Runner’s, they are both very supportive and are for people of all abilities.”
Commenting on her decision to run the London Marathon for World Cancer Research Fund, Amber said, “We’ve all lost somebody to cancer, if I am going to do this, I am going to do it for a charity that means something to me. I didn’t realize the enormity of the training though. I’ve never felt so physically fit but I also feel fit to drop! But it hasn’t been as mentally tough as the cancer, I hope running the London Marathon is going to be a piece of cake in comparison!”
Priyanka Kotecha, Events Manager at World Cancer Research Fund who looks after the runners, said, “Thank you to Amber for running the London Marathon for us and raising this fantastic sum. I know running a marathon isn’t an easy feat but it’s because of people like Amber that we can continue our cancer prevention work, helping us to stop cancer before it has even begun.”
After not smoking, eating a healthy diet, being more active each day and maintaining a healthy weight are the most important ways in which people can reduce their risk of developing cancer.
To support Amber’s fundraising efforts, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=amber-calver-SAVMLMBONDS3332019-5949&pageUrl=1. For more information, contact Maxine Lenza, Press and Communications Officer at WCRF on 020 7343 4235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Cancer Research Fund is one of the world’s leading cancer prevention charities, and the only UK charity dedicated to funding life-changing research into the prevention of cancer through diet and lifestyle. We cut through the jargon to turn the latest global research on cancer prevention and survival into practical, straightforward advice and information, helping anyone who wants to reduce their risk of developing cancer to make fully informed lifestyle choices. Find out more at www.wcrf-uk.org.