Louise Turner, 45, will be joining thousands of runners on the starting line on April 26 and is raising money for Cancer Research UK. Louise, who has a three-year-old daughter and lives in Cromwell Gardens, was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2005. Louise, a teacher at Huntingdonshire Regional College, who describes herself as a reluctant runner, took to comfort eating after her treatment for cancer, but took up running three years ago to get in shape. At the start, even walking a minute and running a minute was difficult but I improved gradually, she said. Somehow I survived a half-marathon and then I did another and thought I actually like this distance. I applied for my place in the London Marathon and when I heard I was successful I thought, What have I done? Now Im looking forward to the challenge. Louise went to her GP in late 2004 with swollen glands and after a series of tests, a scan, and a bone marrow biopsy she was diagnosed with cancer. When I was diagnosed it knocked me for six, people I told were shocked you expect cancer to happen to someone else, she added. When I first went to see the consultant he said: Ten years ago I would have said theres nothing we can do but today we can treat you. Who knows, maybe in 20 years well have a cure. That stuck with me and thats why I want to raise money for future research. More than 40,000 runners will take part in this years London Marathon and Cancer Research UK hopes to raise about £2.5million. INFORMATION: If you would like to sponsor Louise, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com\/bigbird26.