Inspirational Omagh ‘Marathon’ woman raises over £16,000 for blood cancer charity

Thursday, 10 May 2018

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An inspirational former Omagh woman has just run the race of her life by completing the demanding London Marathon in a bid to raise badly needed funds to fight blood cancer.
Sadly, Judith Irwin, has every reason to help as her husband, former Drumquin man, 48-year-old Nigel, has been diagnosed with the condition back in November 2015. She successfully completed the 26 mile 385 yards course in sweltering conditions and raised £16,500 for the charity, 'Bloodwise', which funds research into various forms of blood cancer.
Judith, a daughter of Brian and Irene Wilson, who live in Omagh, has been residing in Hamilton, Scotland, for the past 25 years and still has a tremendous link with home. She is more than grateful that at least £3,000 of the money raised came from her native area.
She described the original diagnosis of her husband's condition as "absolutely devastating" as it was incurable. However, the couple decided it was better to rise to the challenge of facing what was ahead of them than to sit down and do nothing.
She added she not only took great delight in running for her husband - but it was also an opportunity to set an example for their young son, Joshua.
"I wanted to raise more than I had during my last Marathon. I still quite can't believe how generously everyone responded. I've another fundraising event, a sponsored hill climb, this coming Saturday, so I expect we'll reach the £17,000 mark. This money will help change lives. It's the kind of money that pays for scientists to keep trying to find a cure. My husband has out-lived the time the doctors gave him. His treatment will always be palliative in the true sense of the word. He has now finished 20 sessions of chemo. It has extended his life, but he is not in remission."
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution.


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