Taking on Prevent Breast Cancer’s Run 56km in November challenge, 22 year old Ella Preston decided to push herself even further by running a phenomenal 56km a week for her mum.

Ella’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer at Christmas in 2022, and in January 2023, she began chemotherapy for 6 months. She’s now recovering very well from her initial treatment, but processing the news of her diagnosis was a really difficult time for the Preston family.

Recalling their experience, Ella said:

“My mum has been through a lot in her life recently. This was something that we didn’t think could happen to us and to watch my mum go through all the treatment that comes along with breast cancer was really hard.”

Seeing her mum go through the emotional turmoil of a breast cancer diagnosis encouraged Ella to take on the Run 56 challenge for Prevent Breast Cancer. Already a keen runner and hitting personal bests at her local parkrun and a half marathon, Ella added her own special twist to the challenge by running 56km a week, raising over £1,800 towards our vital research.

I was keen to do a running challenge and raise some money for a cause that is close to my heart. I am in what I think is the best running form of my life so I thought I would push the boundaries of what my body can do and take on something I have never done before. I wanted to inspire people, and this is my way of doing it. The reason I got into running was through watching my mum run when I was younger. I wouldn’t be the runner I am today without her.

Due to her mum’s unwavering strength and positivity, Ella has been able to stay optimistic about the future.

I take such inspiration from her strength and positivity. It’s made us stronger as a family. My advice for people that are going through the same thing is, life doesn’t stop at the diagnosis. The people that have treated my mum have been amazing and she is on her way to making a full recovery. It’s really easy to go straight to the worst when you hear someone in your family has cancer, but it doesn’t have to be like that.

Thanks so much to Ella for sharing her story with us.

Feeling inspired? There’s still time to take on Prevent Breast Cancer’s latest sports campaign, March 31, created to honour the 31 people who lose their lives to breast cancer each day. Find out more.

Published On: February 21st, 2024 /

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