Cheryl's marathon challenge

Cheryl's marathon challenge

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:55am 15th November 2019.

A cancer patient from Weymouth is taking on the London Marathon next year to help others who have to go through chemotherapy in the future.

Cheryl Heard, who has Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, is raising money for Dorset County Hospital's chemotherapy appeal where she had her treatment.

She said:

"I was diagnosed in November 2017 and then last year I had a high-grade lymphoma in my stomach so they decided to do chemotherapy.

"I started that in September for six months and finished in February. It's been a very difficult journey because I lost my hair but I've met some amazing people along the way.

"The hospital advertised that they had a charity place up for grabs, so I though OK let's try this. I can get my strength back and it's great cause."

Photo of Dorset County Hospital

Cheryl is training for the 2020 marathon while having immunotherapy to keep her cancer away.

"I only started running two years ago when I joined Dorset Soul Sisters and I did a half-marathon last year. I just thought I can do that again and I will do it again, so that's my focus."

london marathon mall

All the money Cheryl raises will be going towards refurbishing a unit to accommodate patients' friends and relatives while they are having treatment. She told Wessex FM:

"The money will make a huge difference because currently the unit is quite small and you can't have anyone with you while you're going the treatment.

"It's a lonely and difficult thing to go through on your own, so this will improve the environment and provide room for family and friends to stay all day.

"Some people have their chemo for years and I know how lonely it can get whilst sat all day hooked up to several drugs which make you feel awful."

Cheryl's first bake sale and raffle will be held at Dorset County Hospital on Friday 20th December.

You can find out more about Cheryl's story here.