Determined Jodie set to run marathon while dealing with breast cancer

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 16 April 2018

Jodie Dillon on top of Ben Nevis in 2012. Image: John Dillon

Jodie Dillon on top of Ben Nevis in 2012. Image: John Dillon

John Dillon

A Welwyn Garden City cancer patient is running the London marathon to raise money for research.

Jodie Dillon, 37, is living with breast cancer, has been undergoing chemotherapy, and recently tripped over and hurt both her knees and her hands.

Despite all this, she’s back in the gym and still training hard to run the London Marathon - in fancy dress - with her brother and sister in aid of Breast Cancer Now this Sunday, April 22.

Jodie plus sister Major Zöe Dawson, and her brother, entrepreneur Tony Dawson, will join the marathon in pink, blue and rainbow tutus.

“I do get quite a lot of ‘she’s mad’!” said the 37-year-old former nurse.

Jodie, who already has the Brighton marathon in her list of accolades, has been training with Gymophobics and Norton Gym in Welwyn Garden City. “They have been really good and encouraging with equipment, advice and diet,” said Jodie.

She gets a thrill from long-distance running, and compares it to the rush of getting a tattoo. “It’s just an uncontrollable addiction,” she said.

“I thought I’d get rid of it at the Brighton marathon!”

That year, she completed the marathon in five hours.

Jodie’s team has committed to a Golden Bond place on the marathon, which holds them to a £2,000-per-head fundraising target in order to have a place.

They’ve currently raised over £1,200.

Having been diagnosed with stage four cancer at the age of 29, it’s a deeply personal cause.

In 2014, it was estimated that Jodie had between two and four weeks to live.

Thankfully, that prediction was wrong, but she says she was not diagnosed as quickly as she should have been.

She said on her fundraising page: “When the first symptoms appeared in 2010 and due to being only 29, I wasn’t taken seriously.”

Now, she tells the Welwyn Hatfield Times, she is passionate about encouraging people to seek health advice if they are in any doubt.

“Listen to your body,” she said. “Just don’t take no for an answer. Bang a drum, bang on doors.”

Breast Cancer Now is Britain’s largest breast cancer research charity.

To donate to Jodie’s JustGiving page, see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jodie-dillon1

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