A woman from St Neots will complete this year’s 10km ‘Race for Life’ in Northampton while 35 weeks into her fourth pregnancy.
Jodie Wick, 27, initially decided to sit the event out after becoming pregnant, but the passing of close friend Nicky Brearley to cancer spurred her on to sign up anyway.
“Nicky was not only a truly lovely lady inside and out, she was a very special friend and godmother to our children,” Jodie says on her JustGiving page.
Nicky Brearley was just 52 when she died from cancer on March 10, and Jodie is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support in her memory.
“I have so much love for this lady and am going to miss her deeply, she was kind, loving, caring, beautiful and strong and I am honoured to have had her as my friend,” she added to the page.
Jodie is no stranger to marathons and would dedicate her runs to Nicky during her fight, but she only recently started training for this year’s event.
“I only started just after Nicky passed because I had decided this year I wasn’t going to do anything,” she said.
“I train every Monday, but I’m hoping to up that to two or three times a week once the others are back to school. It’s tiring.” Keeping her going though, is the work of the Macmillan Woodlands Centre in Huntingdon, for which she hopes to raise £300.
“It’s nice to know it is going somewhere local, and the Macmillan nurses are great,” she said.
In fact, Jodie’s grandmother was supported at the centre after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the family has also been affected by the disease after her husband’s uncle died from it. “It’s been a really tough few years,” she continued.
“The more I do and the more people I speak to, everyone has been affected in one way or another.”
Due on July 12, Jodie is determined to complete the race by walking, despite being 35 weeks pregnant by the time she starts it on June 5.
“I always do the Bedford one, but it’s close to my due date and thought it was pushing it a bit,” she added.
To donate, log on to justgiving.com/nicky10