Thoughts of her friend who died from cancer aged 24 will get a Rugby woman to the finish line when she takes part in Race for Life.
Dilly Shore, 20, lost her future sister-in-law Emmaliese Hardy to oesophageal cancer in September 2011.
Now she is urging other women to make a defiant stand against cancer by entering a 5k or 10k Race for Life run on July 13.
Dilly, who lives in Rugby, said: “It was a terrible shock when Emmaliese was found to have cancer.
“She’d been feeling unwell and went for some tests which showed that she had the disease. She was only 23 when she was diagnosed.”
Emmaliese was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, sometimes called cancer of the gullet or food pipe, around Christmas in 2010 and sadly died in September 2011.
“I had known her for around five years, from going out with my eldest brother Benjamin,” said Dilly.
“I had always said I was going to do Race for Life anyway to support Cancer Research UK, but what happened to Emmaliese gave me a lot more motivation.”
She said Emmaliese had also signed up for a Race for Life event after her diagnosis when she was still feeling okay, but then she became more ill and wasn’t able to do it.
Dilly added: “I decided to run the 5k Race for Life in Rugby in 2012 and then followed it up last year by doing the 10k event in Coventry in her memory.”
Dilly, who has three older brothers, also completed this year’s Virgin London Marathon in four hours 17 minutes and raised more than £2,300 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
“I just keep thinking the whole time that if Emmaliese was here, she would be putting on her trainers and running with me.
“That’s what keeps me going. She was such a big part of our family. She was like my big sister.”