Sheffield couple running for cancer charity

Marathon training: Michael and Joyce Lee.

Marathon training: Michael and Joyce Lee.

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A COUPLE are preparing to pound the streets of Paris in aid of a Sheffield hospital.

Michael and Joyce Lee, from Dronfield, plan to run the Paris Marathon to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Do Your Bit campaign after being inspired by Joyce’s mum who is in remission from leukaemia.

Michael, a specialist physiotherapist and sports scientist at Mi.To Therapy, based at Virgin Active, Archer Drive, Millhouses Sheffield, said: “Training is going well and we’ve been building up our distance each week.”

The couple have set a sponsorship target of £1,500 for the race on Sunday, April 7, with the money going towards a new research and treatment suite at the hospital.

Joyce, aged 28, whose mum lives in Hong Kong, said: “When mum was diagnosed with leukaemia, we funded all her treatment and drugs.

“Thankfully, she is now in remission and we feel lucky she is still here.

“That’s why we want to help others living with cancer and raise money for a fantastic charity like Weston Park.

“We’re pleased the money is going towards research and new facilities.”

Michael, aged 30, who has previously worked with Sheffield United and the Sheffield Steelers, said: “As a physiotherapist and sports scientist, I know how important research is to help improve treatments and care, so it’s great the money will go towards clinical trials and cutting edge anti-cancer treatments.

Helen Gentle, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity fundraiser, said: “Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise £1.5 million this year to fund pioneering cancer research and help improve the treatments and care for people living with cancer.

“We wish Michael and Joyce the best of luck for the Paris Marathon.”

* To sponsor the couple, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/Mitotherapycharity.

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