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Woman set for Watford's Race for Life Twilight in Cassiobury Park says 'jog on, cancer'
Victoria is taking part in Race for Life Twilight along with her sister to raise awareness about mesothelioma
A woman who recently lost her "wonderful" dad to cancer is taking on a fundraising challenge in his memory.
Vic Wright, 61, had been given just over a year to live but he was battling a particularly rare cancer and died barely four months after being diagnosed.
Now his daughter, Victoria, is taking part in Race for Life Twilight along with her sister, Deborah, to raise awareness about mesothelioma and money for research into the disease to help others.
Victoria is encouraging other women to join her by having the gutsy message "Jog on, cancer", painted on her arms to capture the fighting spirit of the event.
Watford is the first town in the area to host Cancer Research UK’s new 5k women-only event. Victoria, 28, said: "Dad couldn’t put up a fight like other people diagnosed with less rare forms of cancer. His cancer, caused by exposure to asbestos, claimed his life in a most frightening and virulent way."
Vic, who lived most of his life in Nascot Wood where Victoria and Deborah grew up, was diagnosed in April.
He worked in sales and marketing but his training as a young man required him to work on the shop floor of a company working with asbestos.
Victoria, a communications manager, said: "He had only worked on the shop floor for two weeks so he did not have prolonged exposure to asbestos.
"It was a total shock when he was diagnosed on suffering a cough 40 years later and he lived for such a short time after."
Vic was married to, Angie, for 37 years after in their early teens at school.
In a tribute, Victoria said: "He was a wonderful father and husband. He was a proud family man. He never complained and was brave right up until the very end."
Victoria, who now lives in Oxford, returned home to Watford to help care for her dad through his short illness.
He had his family by his side when he passed away in the Peace Hospice, Watford, at the beginning of August.
Victoria added: "The hole he has left can never be filled but somehow we must move forward as he would want."
Victoria and her sister, Deborah, 26, who obtained her PhD doctorate before he died, are taking part in Race for Life Twilight in his memory. They have already smashed their fundraising target of £1,000 and have been touched by people’s generosity.
"My sister and I want to run to show Dad there is life after cancer. He was terribly unlucky and lost his fight but we hope the money will fund research, particularly into mesothelioma, and help others."
Angie will also be attending the event in Cassiobury Park, Watford, which holds a lot of memories for the family. Vic’s hobby was model railways and he liked to watch the model train which is a feature of the park.
Victoria added: "It is a special place for us and it is ideal Race for Life Twilight is taking place there."
The event at will take place on the evening of Saturday, October 26.
It is hoped 1000 women will help raise £56,000 for vital research.
To enter Watford Race for Life Twilight visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.
To sponsor Victoria and Deborah go to http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/the-wright-sisters
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