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Chorley mum runs in son’s memory
12:00pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
A mother from Chorley completed the Great North Run on Sunday in tribute to her son, as the tenth anniversary of his death approaches.
Janet Davies ran for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Janet, 46, who completed the 13.1-mile run in two hours and 11 minutes, chose to run for Make-A-Wish bec-ause her son, Rhodri, had his wish granted to be a policeman for the day in 2002.
Rhodri, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, died in 2003, aged four.
Janet said: “I was standing on the finish line of the Great Manchester Run waiting for my friend, who was running in Rhodri’s memory, and I felt like I should be running too.
“I saw an ad for Make-A-Wish in a running magazine and really wanted to give something back to them as we have such fond memories of Rhodri’s wish.”
Karen England, director of fundraising at Make-A-Wish, said: “We are extremely grateful to Janet for running the Great North Run on behalf of Make-A-Wish.
“We have just granted our 8,000th wish.
“This is a milestone we wouldn’t have been able to reach without the help of dedicated supporters like Janet.”
To support Janet, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, please visit her JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/ janet-davies3