Crosscountry run for sister

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THE doting brother of a woman who battled with cancer for years has completed a gruelling cross-country run to raise money for her treatment.

Jon Hargreaves, 35, ran 91 miles in just three days, covering the length of Hadrian’s Wall on his way from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend in Tyne and Wear.

The plumber from New Whittington battled through downpours and blazing sun in the charity dash to raise money for his sister, Sarah Hargreaves, 38 who recently underwent open brain surgery to remove two tumours.

“It was hard going,” he said. “On the last day I got a sprain on my ankle which meant I had a problem, but I had done so much already that I eventually crossed the line.”

Jon ran 36.5 miles on day one, 33.5 on day two before finishing the sprint with a 21 mile leg on day three.

He raised over £1,000 for Save our Sarah, a campaign to help fund specialist treatment for his sister, who was refused specialist gamma knife treatment on the NHS.

Other fundraising efforts in the campaign have helped bring the total to £4,000, some of which will be donated to Cancer Relief UK, a Chesterfield based charity that donated £10,000 to fund Sarah’s private treatment.

In 2009, Sarah, from North Wingfield was diagnosed with cancer in one of her breasts and her ovaries. The disease spread to her liver, and earlier this year she was diagnosed with two brain tumours. She had them removed with open brain surgery last month, and is looking to have the gamma knife treatment in the future.

“She is feeling positive” said Jon. “She has had a scan and a blood test and they have come back clear.”

Sarah, who is now looking forward to a well deserved holiday with her boyfriend, said: “I’m so proud of him. It’s unbelievable for him to do that for me. He set himself a big challenge and to come back and have completed it is amazing.”

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