Amanda Warburton, a community support worker from Chippenham near Newmarket, has just registered to run in the Cambridge Cambourne 10k on Sunday 2 April to support Maggie’s Wallace which is close to Amanda’s heart.
Amanda was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in March 2015. She had nine months intensive treatments involving chemotherapy followed by surgery and then radiotherapy but by Christmas 2015 she was cancer free.
Amanda received support from Maggie’s Wallace right from the beginning as she and her husband Andrew visited the Centre as soon as she received her care plan.
We were both in shock and unsure of the future. Staff at Maggie’s welcomed us in, they made us a cup of tea and listened, they explained what support Maggie’s offered and we left feeling not so alone anymore.
We were more at ease knowing we could visit the Centre at any point and find a warm and friendly face, a place where we could talk and get information.
When Amanda found out that the Cambridge Cambourne 10k committee had chosen Maggie’s Wallace as its beneficiary this year, she jumped at the chance to register to run in the event.
I’ve decided to run in the event to show my support to the charity that has been there for me and my family.
After going through the cancer treatment, I realised that exercise is good for me and helps me grow confidence in my abilities. It gives me something to focus on and a goal to achieve.
She started to walk her dog during and after her treatment finished, continued with a little jogging and few short runs to gain back her strength.
My husband and my sister encouraged me to join the Bury St Edmunds park run each Saturday so I could gain my confidence back.
I was able to run longer and longer run each time until I was ready to run my first 10k in 2016. I felt amazing when I received my medal!
The Cambridge Cambourne 10k has raised over £60,000 for local causes since it first started nine years ago.
This year the event takes place on Sunday 2 April at Cambourne Business Park and runners now have the exciting option to team up and run the 10k as a 2-leg relay alongside the usual 10k and Fun Run which historically attract over 1,000 runners. You can register now on The Cambridge Cambourne website.
Volunteers are also needed on the day to help marshalling along the route for few hours – if you are able to spare four hours, please contact Andrea Chupacova, Fundraising Manager at Maggie’s Wallace, on 01223 249 220 for more information.