More than 70 runners, many of whom have had personal experience of Chai’s support, enthusiastically took part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday. The event, which has raised more than £3,700 so far for Chai, was a huge success again this year.
Energetic and committed Chai participants aged from just 1 years old to 79, and their families, dusted off their running shoes to take part in the 10K, 5K and1K distances.
Zoe Ingram took part in the 1K run with her daughters, Maya (7) and Eden (5). Prior to the challenge, Zoe said: “We’ve chosen to support Chai for this run as it is a charity very close to our hearts. My husband Marc was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer two and a half years ago, a diagnosis which was completely devastating and out the blue. He was a fit and healthy non-smoker. When we felt lost and unsure where to turn, Chai were there for us, helping us to support our children and Marc when he needed physio.
We sadly lost him last month and Chai have continued to be there and I am so grateful.”
The Felman family were also amongst the many of the families that took part in the 5K colour run. Mum, Nicole, said: “We have chosen to run for Chai – 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. We came to Chai at the beginning when the kids were only 4 and 6 and we had some help with telling them, but shielded them from most of it.
The kids now understand what Cancer is and how it affects people so we discussed what Charities we could run for and they chose Chai! They want to help families going through Cancer.”