In December 2020 my Dad, Gary, was diagnosed with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. We had never heard of this
type of cancer until the day he was diagnosed. It takes many years to develop following the inhalation of asbestos fibres. There is no known cure and the main treatments are to manage pain and hopefully prolong life.
Deaths from mesothelioma have increased steeply
Annual deaths in Britain caused by mesothelioma have increased steeply over the last 50 years. Like my Dad, it’s often a consequence of occupational asbestos exposures because of the widespread industrial use of asbestos from the 1950s to the 1980s. Although asbestos products are no longer used to manufacture or build things in the UK, it is still being found in schools, hospitals, offices, factories, homes and other buildings.
Asbestos Support Central England
Asbestos Support Central England is a registered charity and works alongside other support groups across the UK to remove asbestos safely from buildings and the environment and offer support to those affected by asbestos related illnesses.
The 70km challenge
My Dad turned 70 in May and to celebrate this special day I committed myself to run 70 km in May. This was definitely a challenge for me but I wanted to do something that will hopefully raise a bit more awareness of this horrible cancer and other asbestos related illnesses. I also wanted to raise some money for this particular charity, which has given a lot of support to him. My Dad was by my side for the final 2km. I’m so proud of him for doing this with me. Sadly Dad passed away in June and we are all still heartbroken by his loss.
I set out to raise £250 but actually raised ten times that amount!
Louise is pictured with her father Gary at the completion of the challenge.