“I am delighted to report that I have just completed the Thames Path 100km Ultra Challenge which saw me walk from Putney to Henley-on-Thames in two days in the scorching heatwave! It was absolutely brutal and I had many ‘dig deep’ moments but I kept reminding myself who I was walking the walk for. ” – Winx Falle
“This will involve walking 100Km (62 miles) along the Thames from Putney to Henley-on-Thames split across 2 days. I have decided to take part in this to raise money and awareness for Oesophageal Cancer, a type of cancer that is not widely known and a type of cancer that my dearest friend Karen has just won her battle against.
My friendship with Karen dates back to 1999 when we met through our (now) husbands who have been childhood friends. In the 24 years we’ve known each other we have had some hilariously fun times together and one thing that is consistent is that whenever we are together we just laugh, laugh and laugh!
When Karen was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in October 2022, the laughs momentarily stopped as we all tried to come to terms with this news. What followed was a gruelling chemotherapy treatment plan in which I had the honour of accompanying Karen on. What I witnessed was a beautiful friend fighting her best fight. She gave it her all – I had never seen inner strength quite like it. Throughout the treatment and subsequent lifesaving operation, Karen remained calm and positive. To say that I was in awe of her is an understatement.
On 8th June 2023, Karen received the news we had all been waiting for – the ALL CLEAR! Karen is still recovering but is getting stronger each day and the laughs have returned.
When the opportunity came to walk 100Km I instantly knew I had to walk for Karen’s chosen charity – the OPA. They are a much smaller charity than some of the bigger cancer charities out there but their work is so invaluable to patients of Oesophageal Cancer and their families. It would mean so much to Karen and I, if you could make a donation however big or small as every penny goes directly to the charity.
I know I will find it hard to walk 100Km but I also know that all I will need to do is draw on Karen’s strength and positivity. Just as Karen did, I will cross that finish line!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your donation.
Winx and Karen xx” Winx Falle via Just Giving