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Jon Turner

Running London Marathon 2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Rachel & I met when we were kids, Rach 16 and I was 21. We met at a greyhound track that we both worked at. After a brief bit of first aid after Rachel cut her finger and I supplied the plaster, we fell in love at first sight. It was the most fortuitous of wounds. We had our first daughter Jessica Mae on the 11th of January 2008 and we got married in 2010 on the Gold Coast beach with a few family members in attendance, we did it our way. Soon after our second daughter arrived on 25th June 2011, Freya Charlotte and our family was complete. We decided to emigrate to Australia in 2013 but after two years the pull of home called or now we know, it was fate.[/p][p][br][/p][p]It was late July 2015 Rachel found a lump in her left breast after showering. Rach was always accustomed to the usual lumps and bumps so she adopted the 'wait and see' philosophy but after three weeks her gut instinct told her something wasn't right so she called her GP and arranged an appointment that day. The GP was convinced everything was ok but to air on the side of caution, he referred her for screening. A week later Rachel had an ultrasound. As the sonographer ran the probe over the lump she said to Rachel 'Ok..... how long have you had this?', and at this point, even I knew enough that this wasn’t going to be good news. There it was on the screen a black acorn shape with a healthy blood supply, the mammogram again confirmed the acorn's presence and a biopsy was taken.[/p][p][br][/p][p]We sat listening to the doctor telling us 'it' had to come out and Rach would need Chemo and Radiotherapy as it was Triple negative.... he never actually said the word Cancer but the look on the nurse’s face gave it away..... never play Poker love!! The next two days were a blur until we received the confirmation... Grade 3 invasive breast cancer. We both sat on the patio and cried. Rach in her amazing way dried her tears and said 'That's the last time I'm crying because of cancer'[/p][p][br][/p][p]Two weeks later Rach had the operation to remove the lump & lymph nodes. The operation found that three out of the five that had been taken were cancerous, Another two weeks and Rach was back in the hospital to have more lymph nodes removed. We originally told the girls that mommy had a poorly booby. Jess asked 'all' the questions and then threw herself into making Breast Cancer Care banners and Freya told people that she had a poorly booby like mommy and she's had an operation, don't you know!![/p][p][br][/p][p]The news became worse, the cancer had spread to Rachel's brain, into her lungs, bones, liver and her mastectomy scar, and we received the devastating news that this meant the cancer could never be cured. In the three years that followed, Rachel fought so hard and also drew up a bucket list or making memories as she called it, to make sure we made the best of our time as a family, giving our girls precious memories and making memory boxes along the way. We took the girls to Disneyland Paris twice, as the first time Rach didn't remember a thing due to the radiotherapy on her head and the steroids. A trip to Rachel's favourite childhood holiday was organised, taking us to the Isle of Wight, a visit to London to see The Lion King musical and many more days out. On our last anniversary as a tradition we all went out for a family meal. Rach told the girls that she wasn't going to get better, I'll never be able to forget the look on their faces. Jess cried and again asked lots of questions.. 'what's going to happen to you'... Rach answered 'I'm going to heaven'.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Rachel passed in St Giles Hospice on the 4th of January 2018, with her family and best friend around her. That day I faced two of the hardest things anyone will ever face, losing my wife and having to sit down and tell Jess and Freya that Mommy has gone to heaven. Rachel's legacy is our daughters’, they are her. I see Rachel in them every day. They both have Rachel's beauty, kind nature and intelligence, they are firmly on the path we built for them.[/p][p][br][/p][p]People ask 'how are you and the girls doing' all the time and I always answer 'We're ok'. The strength that Jessica and Freya have astounds me, they are growing into beautiful mini versions of Rachel.... thank god. We have photos around of Rachel and I know it helps and I have always encouraged the girls to talk when they are sad, it’s all part of the process.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Throughout Rachel’s treatment, the charity we are all here supporting tonight was by our side. We wanted to research as much as possible at every point so we could understand more about her diagnosis and what to expect. The charity’s website was a trustworthy source of reliable information when we needed it most and we were also able to speak to nurses on the end of the phone through the charity’s Helpline whenever we had any questions. The charity’s support helped us to feel one step ahead and meant we always knew what was coming next in terms of treatment. They were a guiding light through the uncertainty that breast cancer brings.[/p][p][br][/p][p]After Rachel died, my process after the months solid drinking I threw myself into, was getting my trainers on and starting to run again. I secured a place in this year's London Marathon in April and I ran for Breast Cancer Care. It was my way of dealing with my own grief and it felt great to run for something I believe in. Marathon day was something I'll never forget, the support running over Tower Bridge was immense but the face time with Jess and Freya when I crossed the line was so much better, I raised over £3000 for Breast Cancer Care and I knew that with every step, Rach was with me. It felt amazing to give something back to this incredible charity. A charity that has always been there for us and that carries out world-class research to help stop other families facing what mine has been through.[/p][p]This year I'm doing it all again for this fantastic charity and the memory of one of life's most beautiful souls. [/p][p]So please dig deep and donate, you really will be making a difference.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thanks Jon[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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Oct 4, 2020

Chris & Kate

Well done buddy, fantastic running today!

£51.91 plus £12.98 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Michelle K

Good luck Jon

Oct 4, 2020

Jo and Tilly

Proud of you and Rach matey.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Carl Hunter

Big hugs from Carl & Cathryn x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Sarah Parry

Here he goes again !! You’ve got this and as always will do Rachel and your girls proud xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2020

Mark b

Good luck mate, smash the **** out of it

Aug 21, 2020


£20 donation to run the Virtual London Marathon

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 6, 2020


Good luck mate

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 5, 2020

Tony Hudson

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 5, 2020

Rich Ben and Eve

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid