Dying woman’s wish: to finish Rugby’s Race for Life

Christine Addison with friend Marie Vanlaar and sister Rachel Hoggins
Christine Addison with friend Marie Vanlaar and sister Rachel Hoggins

A woman who is dying from cancer hopes to raise as much money as possible by taking part in this year’s Rugby Race for Life.

Christine Addison, 35, says it will be an achievement in itself if she lives until the day of the race – July 13.

She said she will probably be pushed around the course as her cancer is spreading so quickly.

Christine, of Coton Meadows, said: “Last year my story was one of hope, for a cancer-free future and relief as I was close to the end of what I hoped would be my only experience of cancer and cancer treatment. Although I knew from speaking to the doctors that there was a very high chance of me contracting another form of cancer within two years, I was determined to beat it.”

The disease did return and doctors delivered the news that no more could be done.

Christine, who is aiming to raise £3,000, added: “There is currently no cure for my cancer and it is spreading so rapidly that actually making it to the Race for Life on July 13 will be a big accomplishment.”

Christine is urging other girls and women to take part in the event and raise money to help the charity.

“Knowing that there is no cure is terribly difficult,” she said. “In a very strange way, before my second diagnosis, I actually felt lucky to have experienced the big ‘C’ as it opened my eyes to what life truly is about. I had an appreciation of so much that I had not noticed or taken for granted before. It made me determined to make a difference to people and families who are/were going through the physical and emotional pain that cancer brings, to help people understand and get through the treatment and to embrace life.”

Christine added: “Living not knowing how long life will be is also a challenge. I have never hoped so much for a cure or a treatment that would keep me on this planet with my lovely husband Ian, my amazing twin sister Rachel, as well as my wonderful family and friends.”

She said her life had just started when she was diagnosed first with breast cancer.

“I finally found the love of my life and happiness was what I had hoped and dreamt of,” said Christine.

“That’s why I am fighting and determined to help raise money to find a cure.”

She is appealing for sponsors for her and her team ‘Christine’s Crew’.

To sponsor Christine, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/christines-crew
She is also selling pink bracelets for £2 each.

To donate, also contact Lucie Green – email lucie.green@rugbyadvertiser.co.uk

Race for Life is in aid of Cancer Research UK, and the 5k fundraising effort starts from Whitehall Recreation Ground from 11.30am.

Nearly 600 women are still needed to take part. Visit www.raceforlife.org for more information.