Joining the race to battle cancer

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A GROUP of 63 people will be running in memory of cancer victim Gary Cahill on Sunday, as more than 1,000 fundraisers gather for Weston Park Hospital’s annual Run in the Park.

Friends and family of 56-year-old Gary, from Heeley, Sheffield, will be taking part in the 10k race and 3k fun run in Graves Park.

Gary’s daughter Lucy Cahill, 25, will be leading the way after her dad passed away last March.

Lucy, from Owlthorpe, said: “My dad was diagnosed with cancer in his neck in October 2010 and underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital.

“He was determined to take part in last year’s Run in the Park event but sadly he died in March 2011 before the run took place.

“It was absolutely horrendous losing my dad so suddenly, he was an amazing man.

“Last year 56 of his friends and family came together to run in his memory, which shows how well loved he really was.”

The event will raise vital funds for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, which supports the work of the specialist cancer hospital.

The hospital serves a population of 1.8 million people from across the region - including Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield.

Lucy has been fundraising for the cancer charity since her dad’s death, organising charity cake sales, car washes and quizzes, and taking part in a 15,000-foot skydive.

To date she has raised more than £2,500.

Lucy, who works at Aviva, added: “Even my nan, Margaret Taylor, who is 76 is going to be taking part and is in training to take on the 3k run!

“There will be 31 of the group in total tackling the 3k and 32 in the 10k. It will be a great atmosphere on the day with so many of us taking part.”

n To enter Run in the Park go to www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/ritp. To donate to Gary’s group visit www.justgiving.com/RIPGary.