A woman who is running the Solihull Race for Life has revealed how the disease has claimed her parents, brother and sister.
Wendy Gibbons has herself twice beaten the illness and said she often asked: “Will it come back for me again?”
“What cancer has done to my family is beyond words,” said the 50-year-old, who is preparing to complete her third Cancer Research UK fundraiser.
“It attacked them one-by-one, leaving me as the only survivor.
“To lose your parents, sister and then your brother to a disease you have also fought is devastating.
“I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost surreal.
“I had it twice yet I am still here. I feel guilty, especially when I think how quickly they went. I ask myself when it will come for me again.”
The retired medical secretary, from Yardley, is in remission after being diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and again in 2011.
But she could only watch helplessly as first her parents, then her sister and, finally, her brother fell victim to the disease.
Astonishingly, Wendy said there was no genetic link between any of the cancer tragedies that had struck her family.
Now she’s determined to make a difference and will be running the Race for Life, in Malvern Park, on June 23. She will be taking part alongside her niece Jessica Goddard.
“Cancer has had a devastating effect on my family,” she said. “Taking part in Race for Life is my way of fighting back.”
For more information on the event, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.