Thursday 1st February 2018
Read why Maria, who has been a cancer nurse for 27 years and a university-based lecturer for 17 of those years, decided to support us and how her training is going...
“I was inspired by my colleagues, who run a lot, to join them and take on this lovely event and when I asked myself why I should do it – I had no reason to say no!
I chose to run for Teenage Cancer Trust as I work very closely with the charity, developing and delivering education for health professionals who work with teenagers with cancer.
I see how some of the money is spent and the value it brings to professionals, patients and their families - it makes a huge difference.
At Coventry University I am the course director of the accredited (the ones with coursework attached to them!) and non-accredited programmes to reach the whole spectrum of staff who come into contact with teenagers with cancer. Some of these include accessing a free webapp and attending a free study day funded by Teenage Cancer Trust. I’m also involved in research and support the charity in developing the workforce and specialism as a whole.
The other 3 members of the team joining me at the London Landmarks Half Marathon are Debbie, Margaret and Emily, all of whom teach on our programmes alongside working with teenagers with cancer in their other jobs working in clinical practice.
(L-R) Maria, Margaret and Debbie
Training-wise I'm plodding away and loosely following a training plan. I have also bought some swanky new running shoes and special socks so I'm absolutely committed to getting over the line one way or another!
I’m looking forward to the day itself; being part of the crowd, running with my teammates, seeing the landmarks and being able to give something back to the charity."