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Romford woman with terminal cancer to run London Marathon for local charity

A woman from Romford is running the London Marathon to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice, two years after being told she might not walk again.

Serene Panayi was diagnosed with terminal secondary breast cancer, which had spread to her spine, in January 2017.

“(It happened) two weeks after I got married and I had major surgery to remove parts of my spine, a couple of my vertebrae, and replaced with metal rods and lots of screws, there was a 50 per cent chance I may never walk again.”

However, Serene was back on her feet within 12 hours of the surgery.

She decided to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice because of the support they gave.

“I had phone calls every week to see if I was ok, to see if I wanted to talk about anything. They’re a lovely bunch people and Saint Francis Hospice is now a charity very close to my heart.”

This will be the first time Serene takes part in the marathon but her wife Kelly, who she will be running alongside, has completed four.

Serene (left) and her wife Kelly.

“I ran the Royal Parks half marathon in October for Saint Francis Hospice,” Serene said. “I hadn’t trained which is very silly but I made it to the end in a lot of pain – so now I’m on a strict training schedule.”

You can donate to Serene and Kelly’s JustGiving page here

Serene’s story will feature in the Time 107.5 news throughout today and also on the Sport Show from 7pm this evening.

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