ruth johnston

ruth johnston

Ruth Johnston - Running for Ocumeluk


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Right, gulp! I have put off doing this page as once it goes live it means i am actually going to run the marathon! There is no going back. I am and I will run 26.2 miles, but with your help![/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]Firstly, why the eye?[/span][/b][/p][p]As many of you know, in 2015 I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. Occular melanoma, or eye cancer to you and I. it was picked up by accident at a local opticians. When I was first diagnosed I did what any other sane person would do and I googled it. Big mistake. There are only approxiamtely 600 cases of eye cancer  diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, around half of those cases will go on to develop metastatic spread to the liver. It is then terminal. Crap hey?  So that is why I have decided to run for an eye  cancer charity. But not just any eye cancer charity. Ocumeluk.[/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]Ocumeluk[/span][/b][/p][p]Ocumeluk were one of the fist sites I came across in those early days when I was trying to quench my thirst for information. They are a small registered charity that is run by eye cancer patients and their families. They provide support, raise awareness amongst the public and work closely with mediical professions so all knowledge is up to date. They provide a website, run an invaluable online support group, organise an annual eye patch day and arrange annual conferences where medical professions and patients have a chance to get together to listen to the latest advances in treatments. For me? They help take away the fear.[/p][p]I have decided to raise money by running for them. I have found that running is the only thing that helps me to cope with the diagnosis and it helps me to manage mentally when I have to play the marvellous game of Russian roulette.This is where I enter an MRI machine to be told whether or not the cancer has spread. I play this game every 6 months and it comes around far too quickly.[/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]Your help[/span][/b][/p][p]I know that most of you have already helped me to secure this charity place, but I'm back to beg again. I had over 1,300 people likes for my cringey video, if every one of you  wonderful 1,300 people sponsored me a fiver, that would come in at £6500!!!  Crazy hey? Impossible? Hell no! But this is where I need your help. For every one of you that is going to sponsor me to help me get over that line and keep me mentally sane, well as sane as I can be, whilst  raising cash and awareness for eye cancer, I need you to share this page. Sponsor and share so that my 5 friends can grow to many more! Oh and all go and get your eyes checked.[/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]My blog[/span][/b][/p][p]You can follow my blog on where I will keep you updated on my running and hospital checks. [/p][p]Thank you all, you lovely generous lot.[/p][p]Ruth xxxx[/p][p][/p]


May 23, 2018

Belgrade Road Neighbours

Proceeds from the Belgrade Road Street Party


May 15, 2018

Roland and Jane

Congratulations Ruth, with best wishes from Roland and Jane


May 4, 2018

Sue and Martin Everett

Good luck and best wishes!


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 3, 2018

Andrew G

Well done Ruth!


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 1, 2018

Angie Wakeling

Well done Ruth, fantastic time x


May 1, 2018

Diana No 20

Well done and sorry it’s taken so long to sponsor you.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2018

Lyn and David Taylor

Amazing Ruth. You did so well under very difficult conditions.


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2018

John Sutton

Well done Ruth on completing the run and a truly magnificent effort in raising so much for your cause. No doubt Matt might be up to beat your time at some time in the future( and I don't mean on his bike !!!!!)


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2018


Well done Ruth.


plus £37.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2018

Christine Braid

Congratulations Ruth! With best wishes Christine


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