Kirsty Newman decided to run the London Marathon to support research into breast cancer after being diagnosed with a type of gene mutation linked to an increased risk of the disease.
In October 2014, Kirsty was found to have a faulty version of one of the BRCA breast cancer genes, after being tested when she found out there was a history of the gene mutation in her family.
Kirsty has never run a marathon before, but having watched her fiancé and one of her best friends run the London Marathon, and despite believing that it was something she could never do, her diagnosis inspired her to take on the challenge.
Kirsty joined #teamICR this year after learning about the role played by The Institute of Cancer Research, London, in discovering the BRCA2 gene and developing new therapies for breast cancer.
Kirsty said: “I realised that life was too short to place self-imposed limitations on myself and I am now determined to complete the marathon and turn this event in my life into something positive.”
Kirsty has received amazing support from everyone she knows with her training and fundraising. The donations from friends, family and work colleagues have been overwhelming and many of them will be there on the day of the marathon to cheer her on from the sidelines.
If you would like to support Kirsty in this event you can donate on her Just Giving Page.
And if you are inspired to take part in next year's London Marathon or any of our running events as part of #teamICR, email us or see our Sports and Challenges page for event listings throughout 2016 and 2017.