'What's stopping you?' Sidcup father running to Olympic Stadium in memory of his 20-year-old daughter
PUBLISHED: 12:46 07 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:46 07 June 2016
She died of bone cancer earlier this year
A father from Sidcup who’s daughter died from bone cancer earlier this year will be taking part in the Great Newham Run next month in her memory.
Ceyhun Uzun will take part in the 10km run on July 17, which finishes in the Olympic Stadium.
The 46-year-old will be running on behalf of Clic Sargent, a cancer support charity for the young, after his daughter was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma two years ago when she was just 18.
She died in January.
Mr Uzun said: “Tanyel was a bright and beautiful girl, an elite gymnast, who always wanted to help others.
“Even when she was sick she would help other children through their treatment, talking through what was going to happen and encouraging them to shave their heads before the inevitable happened, just so they could show cancer that they were in charge.”
“Emotionally, physically and financially, we couldn’t have done it without the Clic Sargent team at the Royal Marsden hospital.
“Their support was constant and unerring and it still is today.”
Ahead of the run next month, Mr Uzun challenged others to take part.
He said: “Get up and do it. If you can raise funds, make a difference and put a smile on someone’s face, what’s stopping you?”