Cancer mum’s quest to conquer half-marathon

Emma Young, 36, with her three children
Emma Young, 36, with her three children

A single mum-of-three is not letting secondary breast cancer stop her from taking on a half-marathon.

Emma Young, 36, who lives in Hemel Hempstead, is in training for the St Albans Walking Half Marathon.

She roped in a few friends and their team, Easy Does It, can’t wait to take on the 13-mile challenge.

Emma said: ”Being a single mum and living with cancer is extremely hard.

“Some days I struggle to wake up and get out of bed and I’d give anything for an extra hour’s sleep. But my children are the reason I get up.

“They keep me going, they need me to keep it together, they are the reason I soldier on.”

Emma is walking the half-marathon to say thank you for the ‘amazing support’ she receives from The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, where she has therapy and treatments.

Her daughters Daisy, eight, and Gracie, 16, and son Louis, 11, have also benefitted from craft workshops and emotional support talks at the hospice.

Emma said: “I get tired just walking around town. But it feels like a good time to do something out of my comfort zone to support a fantastic cause that’s helped me so much.”

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