Late in 2014 Ruth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just over a year later, after a mastectomy and some other surgery, she was given the all clear. While the surgery was successful in removing the cancer and the scars healed, it was apparent that the psychological scars were much deeper.
This was when Ruth was introduced to Maggie's:
For me, Maggie's was a godsend! It was a safe and comfortable place where people understood what I was going through without forcing support on me. Through Maggie's I recovered some of my confidence and started to feel hope. Through one of their courses, I also met a wonderful group of ladies who had had a similar experience and we have become firm friends and a fantastic support for each other.
Having visited the Centre for several years, Ruth and friends decided that they wanted to give something back and signed up to walk the first Maggie's Aberdeen Culture Crawl. Banding together, they took on the 10 mile course and visited some of Aberdeen's most famous landmarks as well as the Centre itself.
The walk was a challenge but one I was determined to complete. It was a fabulous way of celebrating 2 years cancer-free with the people that supported me through diagnosis and treatment, along with the added benefit of fundraising for Maggies. We even managed to complete the walk just before midnight so all the Fitbit steps were counted on 1 day (36,000)! My chum and I ran through the park at the end to make it to the finish by 12pm!
This year's Culture Crawl will take place on the Friday 22 June and registrations are now open. For more information please contact Paula.