Running York 10K in memory of the ‘love of my life’

Vincent Callaghan is set to run the Asda Foundation York 10K in memory of the ‘love of his life’ Joan Callaghan who died of cancer in 2017 and hopes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process.

Vincent Callaghan, 37, will run the Asda Foundation York 10K in memory of the ‘love of his life’ Joan Callaghan on Sunday 5th August.

After battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) for two years, a stroke in 2016 and lung cancer in 2017; Vincent’s wife of 18 years, Joan, passed away on 16th December 2017.

Vincent, who lives in York, is now running the Asda Foundation York 10K in Joan’s memory. Talking to Run For All, he said: “This race is for Joan, the love of my life. She was extremely courageous in her battle and I want to do something to commemorate her bravery.”

Joan, was diagnosed with CML in 2015 for which she had to take chemotherapy tablets.

Joan’s cancer was resistant to a number of treatments and she had to deal numerous side effects of different chemotherapy treatments.

In October 2017, Joan started to suffer with repeated chest infections. After various trips to the GP, she was sent for a CT scan which confirmed that she had lung cancer.

Due to the CML and her various other medical conditions, there was nothing more that could be done.

Vincent recalled, “On 15th December 2017, Joan needed oxygen as she was struggling to breath because of the pressure of her tumour. I took her to A & E, as it was the quickest way to be admitted hospital.

“She was taken on the ward at about 7.30pm, she insisted I go home, I told her that I loved her and that I would be back in the morning.

“The next morning, I got a call from the hospital to say she hadn't had a good night and I should get their as soon as possible.

“Joan never regained consciousness and passed away at about 3pm with her friends and family around her.”

Vincent is now determined to complete the Asda Foundation York 10K and in memory of his wife and raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support in her name.

“Throughout all her illnesses, Joan was incredibly courageous. She took each thing in her stride and rarely complained about what she was going through – she just got on with it.

“I made sure I attended every appointment she had because there was nothing else I could do. It was her fight; I was just her corner man.

“I chose to raise money for Macmillan because it helps so many people, but in all honesty I could have chosen many other cancer charities. They all play their part and I may choose to raise money for a different charity in the future.”

The 2018 Asda Foundation York 10K has raised over £2.5m so far and is set to raise even more on Sunday 5th August. Learn more about the Asda Foundation York 10K and click York 10K.

Read more about Vincent's York 10K story - Vincent's Just Giving page

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