A pair of brothers from Sheffield will run a local 10K this month, to raise funds for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.
Tyrone Briddon, who was diagnosed with stomach and secondary liver cancer earlier this year, will tackle the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K on September 23, with the help of his brother, and training partner, Kirk.
Kirk, aged 34,from Crystal Peaks, said: “Tyrone has shown amazing bravery and fight to carry on regardless and do things I’m not sure I would be able to do myself.
“One thing our family has always stood for is that none of us go through anything alone, we always have each other’s backs. This is why I will completing the Sheffield 10k by Tyrone’s side and keeping him company every step of the way.
“The Sheffield Hospitals Charity was selected by my brother as he felt really grateful for the care and treatment he has received from the nurses helping him through his chemotherapy.
“His care has been amazing, from the first time he stepped into the hospital for his first consultation after the diagnosis right up until more recently going through all of the aggressive chemo his body can take for now.
“It is a testament to the staff how happy and positive they can remain knowing what all of these patients are there for and what they are going through. It really does make a difference to Tyrone’s positivity and mind set. The most important thing is their honesty and how they explain everything in a way that keeps him fighting.”
And Tyrone, aged 41, from Mosborough, has been pulling on his trainers regularly to train for the popular charity road race, heading out for plenty of walks in his local area, to help build his strength and stamina back up.
“Tyrone has had some really aggressive chemotherapy but that has completed now so, even though he’s still having treatment, he’s starting to have more energy,” said Kirk.
“He was a postman before all this, so he’s used to being fit and active, and he’s been enjoying getting out and about for walks when he can, which is something they recommend for people who've been through this kind of treatment.
“We’ve both been trying to keep moving, in an effort to prepare for the run, but I think on the day we'll just see how it goes, whether we can run bits, or jog, or even walk it.
“I know he’s feeling really positive about the run and it’s given him a great focus in recent weeks. He got our race numbers through the post the other day and sent me a picture of them with a smiley face.
“Sheffield is our home city, so from a logistical point of view it makes sense that we chose to run this 10K, but it also means that friends and family, including Tyrone's wife and their son, are able to come along and support us. Also with our chosen charity being Sheffield Hospitals, it will be good for Tyrone to have that support from the local people and show himself, and others, just how strong-willed he is, and how a little positivity can go a long way in putting up a fight against these devastating illnesses.”
Run For All, which hosts the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K, is part of Jane Tomlinson’s lasting legacy. Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities before her untimely death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007.
Visit www.runforall.com for details of the event, or to register your place at the September 23 run.
Search for ‘Kirk Briddon’ on JustGiving if you would like to support the brothers on their quest to give back to Sheffield Hospital Charity.