Mark Terry's fundraising legacy lives on at the Asda Foundation Leicester 10K thanks to efforts of his wife Diana.
Diana Terry is set to continue her late husband's fundraising legacy at the Asda Foundation Leicester 10K on Sunday 9th September.
On October 16th last year, just two days after his 52nd birthday Diana's husband, Mark Terry, was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
Admired by family and friends for his positive attitude to life, Mark was determined to beat his illness. Sadly just six weeks later he passed away.
This September his widow, Diana, will take part in the Asda Foundation Leicester 10K in Mark’s memory. She will be raising money for the Oesophageal Patients Association.
As part of her Running for Mark campaign – in which she is supported by her niece and nephew – Diana, who lives in Edinburgh, has pledged to run at least 20K every week this year between February 8th and December 8th, which will be the first anniversary of Mark’s passing. So far she has clocked up 758K.
Diana met Mark 28 years ago and they married a year later.
She said: “For people that knew Mark he was the greatest man on earth and for all that did not meet him, Mark was the happiest, kindest man on earth. Truly unique, it only took meeting him once to remember him forever.”
"From the start Mark wanted to let people know of his illness and help everyone understand the silent symptoms of oesophageal cancer.”
Diana said: “During Mark’s short journey we both realised how little support is available in Edinburgh for this cruel type of cancer. Mark started a blog and wished to get involved in helping others.”
Sadly he did not get the chance. Diana is determined to continue Mark’s vision and make a difference to people like Mark faced with the biggest challenge of their life.
The Asda Foundation Leicester 10K is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes and places are still available.