What It Means to Complete a Challenge in aid of Teens Unite

24 July 2018
  • Challenges

What It Means to Complete a Challenge in aid of Teens Unite

There are many different reasons why people might take on a challenge to raise money for Teens Unite - to test their courage and ability, to try something new, or to honour a loved one. On 15th July, over 11,300 individuals ran the Virgin Sport British 10k, and we are so proud that 38 of them were running to support our charity. Among those 38 were 'Team Toni' - a group of ambitious friends and family running in memory of their loved one, Toni. George, a member of Team Toni, has kindly shared his words about what it meant to him to run the British 10k:

"So today, Team Toni completed the Virgin British 10k.

It was so hard, not only completing the run, but completing it in 30 degree heat made it all the more difficult; I just kept reminding myself why I volunteered to do this.

We ran this in remembrance of my sister in law Toni Randazzo who we sadly lost on August 22nd 2017. She was a truly amazing and beautiful person who touched everyone’s lives who she met and was around. That great smile and lovely soul will always be remembered by all that met her forever. I’m just gutted that I didn’t get to tell her how brilliant and how loved she was when she was here. Taking people for granted is a huge mistake we all make and we should cherish and appreciate the good people around us and not only see this once they are sadly not here.

Every time I was hurting today in the run (which was from about 1km in) I would look up and see Toni’s great smile and I would think how ever so proud she would have been to see her family and friends taking part in her name. I’m so proud to have participated for my family too. My wife Carmela - who not only lost her sister but her best friend too, my brother in law Robert, my nieces Alicia (who ran a great 1hr 4mins) and Rianna and my nephew Sebastian.

Cancer is awful and has probably devastated many people’s lives -as it did ours - and will continue to do so, hence why we chose to run for Teens Unite whose support and help gives young people with cancer a ray of light and hope to enjoy their last days. The most devastating words you can hear is that you or a family member or friend has the dreaded C word but can you imagine hearing your child has it?!

Please support Teens Unite in their great work and also please don’t take the special people in your life for granted; tell them you love them all the time and make those memories because you don’t know what tomorrow brings."

So far, Team Toni have collectively raised in excess of £4,600. This is an incredible total and we are so grateful for their support - if you wish to donate to their JustGiving page to support them and Teens Unite, please click here. Or if you're feeling inspired to take part in your own challenge in aid of Teens Unite, check out our upcoming challenges here.

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