Thursday 31st August 2017
Holly Stratford from Waterlooville in Hampshire, will be running the Great South Run for us on 22 October in memory of her good friend, Camilla Dickens.
Camilla was one of the first patients to be treated on our unit at Southampton General Hospital when it opened in 2013, after being diagnosed with Soft Tissue Ewing Sarcoma. Camilla's friends and family were amoungst the first in the South region to experience first hand what a huge difference our units can make to young cancer patients.
Holly decided to take on the Great South Run in Camilla's memory because of the difference Teenage Cancer Trust made to her friend. She feels that the unit made things a lot easier at a very difficult time for Camilla and her family and friends, many of whom have, like Holly, been active supporters and fundraisers ever since.
Remembering Camilla, Holly said "How could something as menacing as cancer capture the life of someone so young, beautiful and so full of life? Someone who embraced life at any given moment? All those who met Camilla will never forget her witty sense of humour, love for life and the fact she was an all round diamond.
"I grew up with Camilla and our families had many outings together: down to the beach, making up dance shows and, most importantly, the annual Christmas pantomime which was never to be missed!
My training leading up to the Great South Run will be a personal fitness battle for me. However, this is forgotten about when I think of the battle that Camilla endured with such grace. So here I am, raring and ready to go for Camilla and Teenage Cancer Trust!
We still need runners and Cheering Squad volunteers for the Great South Run so sign up today, to join Holly and the team.