Mum’s cancer cure target

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A marathon-running mum who lost both her parents to cancer is raising money to ensure she will be able to see her own children grow up.

Sarah Ludlam was just 21 when her mum died of breast cancer.

Her dad was diagnosed with lung cancer five years later, and died in 2002.

Now she wants to help cancer charities to make sure her seven-year-old twin sons, William and Alexander, and 13-year-old stepson James, will not have to raise money in her memory one day.

Sarah, 40, of Gleadless, Sheffield, said: “I’m hoping that my donations will go towards finding some sort of reliable treatment and hopefully a cure, so that in 30 years my little men are not having to raise money in my memory.

“I want to be there to see their daily triumphs, to see them grow up, finish school, graduate or play football for England, get married, and I want to see my grandkids.”

Sarah has raised money for Cancer Research UK through sporting events in the past, but this time she will run the London Marathon for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The cause is particularly apt because this year marks 20 years since her mum died of breast cancer.

It would also be the 30th birthday of her friend, Hayley Whitehead, who died of breast cancer last August. Hayley, of Meadowhead, was 28 when she died and leaves a husband and two-year-old daughter.

The 26.2-mile race will take place on April 13.

Sarah, who works for Pizza Hut, said: “The training is going okay. I did my final long run of 22 miles last week and that was great - I felt really good doing it.”

n To sponsor Sarah, who aims to raise at least £2,000, visit www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Ludlam40.