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Police officer who beat cancer runs marathon for charity
2:49pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A POLICE officer recuperating after she received chemotherapy is to run a marathon to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Detective constable Viv Pow, of Durham Constabulary, is to take part in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Saturday. (October 20)
She was diagnosed with colon cancer last October and underwent surgery to remove a tumour. DC Pow then underwent a six-month course of chemotherapy.
A keen runner who has competed six marathons DC Pow began training for the 26.2 mile race upon resuming full time work in the summer.
The 49-year-old admits that the Yorkshire race has been her biggest challenge so far as she only allowed herself 16 weeks to recover and complete the training.
She said: “I’ve undergone surgery and chemotherapy, so getting fit enough to run the marathon has proved much more of a challenge than it would otherwise have been.
“But, having been a regular runner and fairly fit before the treatment, I continued to go for walks and short runs when I felt up to it.”
DC Pow, who joined Durham Constabulary in 1991 after seven years with Kent Police, has fundraised for charities before including the British Heart Foundation.
She said: “MacMillan is a charity very close to my heart after receiving support from it throughout my cancer journey.
“Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a frightening experience, but I’ve done my best to stay positive and active and it has really helped.
“I’m not suggesting running marathons is the answer for everyone but I hope other people in similar circumstances find that if they stay positive the journey isn’t as bad as they feared.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so by accessing www.justgiving.com/Viv-Pow.
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