Meet the eight year old running race for life for his mum who is battling cancer

Jack with mum Kelly

Meet the eight year old running race for life for his mum who is battling cancer

Meet the eight year old running race for life for his mum who is battling cancer

First published in News

EIGHT-year-old Jack Gargan is sure to be one of the youngest people tackling the Race for Life 5k this weekend.

And the St Peter’s Catholic Primary School pupil will be taking mum Kelly along with him as the pair raise money for the charity close to their heart.

All the more amazing is that Kelly, aged 35, is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia and will be tackling the run just five days after her latest chemotherapy session.

Kelly, of Monmouth Close, Woolston, said: “I’m a little bit nervous, I have done it before but we haven’t trained at all.

“I have just had chemotherapy on Tuesday and now it’s getting closer I’m thinking what have I done.

“I was looking at the Race for Life website, Jack asked what I was looking at and he wanted to do it as well.”

Kelly, who works in sales for O2, was diagnosed with the condition a week before Christmas.

But despite the initial shock she still served up Christmas dinner for the family.

And after seeing others going through treatment for cancer Kelly wanted to do something to give back.

“It’s not until you start your treatment and go to hospital and see what people go through with cancer you realise what it is like,” added Kelly. “You know it’s around but I hadn’t known anyone who had it before.

“I’m just getting excited now because I’m getting towards the end of treatment.”

And how does Jack feel about the run?

He said: “I do a lot of running at school but I’ve not run this far before.”

And Jack reckons he and mum will complete the 5k at Tatton Park on Sunday in one hour and 10 minutes and plans on a sprint finish.

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