Sheffield mum-of-two Jody Jezusek was hard at work training for a 10k run in aid of cancer patients – until she discovered her third baby was on the way.
Jody, aged 36, from Chapeltown, had signed up to the Great Yorkshire Run to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her mum Joy Crofts, who died aged 62 just 10 weeks after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
But six weeks ago she discovered she was expecting another baby, which put paid to her running plans.
However, the men in her family have come to the rescue – with Jody’s husband Paul, 37, taking her place in the 10k, and their six-year-old son Ewan registering for the 2.5k kids’ fun run.
Pal Jamie Kerr, 36, from Intake, and his son Morgan, 11, will also be running.
The event is happening in Sheffield on September 28, three years to the day since Joy’s death.
Jody said: “I originally wanted to do the run to do something positive for a great cause, but circumstances mean I can’t, so the boys decided to do the race in memory of mum and others who battle this illness.
“My mum had cancer of the oesophagus which had spread to her liver by the time she had symptoms.
“Everyone we met was amazing, and mum spent her last three weeks in the Macmillan palliative unit at the Northern General Hospital.”
Jody, a legal consultant, said volunteering for the charity had also helped her through her grief.
n Visit www.greatrun.org/yorkshire or www.macmillan.org.uk/running for more information.