Kings Langley woman will roller skate for 365 days to raise awareness of rare cancer in honor of her late mother-in-law
A Kings Langley woman is halfway through her 365-day challenge to raise money and awareness for a rare form of cancer after her mother-in-law died last month.
Kerry “Kes” Pearson challenges herself to roller skate every day to honor her mother-in-law, Liz, who was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer, in 2021
Kes said: “Liz has been like a mum to me since I joined the family.”
She explained: “My stepfather, Anthony, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March 2021. Liz was a tour de force for our family, and while we all rallied together to support Anthony, we didn’t know that Liz was fighting her own battle with undiagnosed cancer.
The 38-year-old mother has documented her awareness and fundraising efforts for Sarcoma UK on social media.
On her Instagram feed, Kes talks about the health and wellness benefits of roller skating and shares new skills, tips and tricks with her followers.
Liz’s cancer was misdiagnosed for months as deep vein thrombosis before it was revealed she had a 27cm long leiomyosarcoma in her left calf.
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His leg was amputated, but a follow-up scan revealed the cancer had spread, leading to a terminal diagnosis.
Liz died in September, nine months after her sarcoma diagnosis.
Speaking of Liz’s passing, Kes said: “We are heartbroken. Raising money and awareness for Sarcoma UK is the only thing left in my power against this terrible disease. ”
Sarcoma United Kingdom is a national bone and soft tissue cancer charity that funds lifesaving research, provides support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer and campaigns for better treatments.
For Kes, roller skating is a release and the challenge of skating has become her therapy.
She urges everyone to become familiar with the signs of sarcoma and to contact their GP if they experience any of these symptoms:
A lump that grows, changes, or is larger than a golf ball
Swelling, tenderness, or pain in or around the bone that may come and go and may get worse at night
stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, or feeling full after eating only a small amount of food
Blood in the poop or vomit.