Sabrina was studying at university when she was diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer. Now her father, Ian, is running the London Marathon in her memory.
On 27th March 2017, our eldest daughter Sabrina lost her thirteen month battle with small cell ovarian cancer, an extremely rare form of ovarian cancer, at the age of 20. Both Karen and I, as Sabrina's parents, and our youngest daughter, Stacie, cannot explain the void her absence has left.
Sabrina started a Biochemistry degree at the University of York in September 2015 and she was very active in the university's swimming club. Sadly, she was diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer in December 2015 and had to take a leave of absence from her studies.
After surgery, chemotherapy, and a period of recovery, Sabrina's scans showed her to be cancer free.
However, shortly after restarting her studies, Sabrina's cancer returned.
Throughout her ordeal, Sabrina remained positive and engaged with her course and with her close friends, both at home and in York.
Unfortunately, we are not unique and very many people continue to experience the loss of loved ones. Whilst the loss of Sabrina is very personal to us, I want to thank our family, friends and Sabrina's friends for their support.
In 2018, I'm running the Virgin Money London Marathon. I was told 'it takes four attempts to get a place' when applying to run in the London Marathon. Having no expectations, I applied and then received a place to run for Teenage Cancer Trust!
After the initial shock, I embarked on long winter nights of training to prepare. It came as no surprise to most that, with my two left feet, I'm no runner, but I want to raise as much money as possible for Teenage Cancer Trust who supported our whole family through Sabrina's ordeal.