Salena’s brother Colin had pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). Sadly, he passed away ten years ago on 22nd November 2003 having been diagnosed on July 1st of that year. He was aged just 33 years. Salena and her family decided to carry out activities to remember Colin’s life ten years after he passed. Searching the internet, Salena was so pleased to discover that there is a charity supporting people affected by PMP and to see the words “Pseudomyxoma” and “Survivor” together.
The 5k Great Winter Run was a difficult one with an impressive route at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. It was a great atmosphere and I felt quite emotional, running with Colin’s name and picture on my bib for the first time. I managed it in 27:13. I’d liked to have done it in 25 minutes but am letting myself off as I’d just turned 42 on Friday and have only been running since last summer! My friend Caroline was there to cheer me on and was apparently in tears as I set off. My friends were incredibly fond of my brother too and have been very supportive of my recent efforts to raise funds and awareness in his memory.
Salena also ran the Trailtroopers 10k at Finlaystone Country Park and Glasgow Uni 5 mile Road Races in November. She is abseiling 140 feet at Old Trafford for the Christie Hospital on March 23rd and undertaking a Race for Life 10k at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry on 4th May, in preparation for the Great Manchester Run. Phew!
To show your support for Salena and in memory of Colin, please visit Salena’s JustGiving page.