On Sunday 4th February, Camilla ran the Chichester 10K as part of the ‘Let me be Me’ team; more than 160 people coming together in support of Mel de Lacy and her quest to raise awareness of Sarcoma. There were 1800 runners this year, so the ‘Let me be Me’ team accounted for nearly 10% of everyone racing – extraordinary!
Camilla ran her first 10K three years ago, in Chichester, and it was Mel, as her physio, who enabled her to achieve it with some last minute ultrasound and strapping to alleviate a mystery pain! So it was really special and fitting for Camilla to run this year’s race in order to help Mel get her Sarcoma message out further.
Mel was diagnosed with a rare form of Sarcoma in late 2016. Sarcoma is a cancer that affects the connective tissues in the body. They only account for 1% of all cancers, and Mel’s was diagnosed as a form that only accounts for 5-10% of all Sarcomas. There is no treatment that can halt the spread of this cancer, and despite not knowing how long she has left, Mel’s phenomenal strength and positivity continue as she organises events to raise money and awareness of Uterine Sarcoma.
Mel’s story is heart breaking and truly inspirational all at once, and Camilla was immensely proud to be part of her team. Her colleagues and family have already helped to raise almost £200, but the fundraising won’t be stopping with the ‘Let me be Me’ team and their running exploits. To keep up to date with other fundraising events, please visit: https://www.meldelacy.com/
To read Mel’s story and to donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/melsstory