The son of a Sidley parish deacon is to run his first marathon this weekend on the anniversary of her death from a brain tumour aged just 49.
Dominic Taylor, 34, will be joining thousands of runners on the starting line of the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of mum Susan Taylor, who was parish deacon of All Saints Church.
Dom, now living in South Wales, hopes his efforts will raise thousands of pounds for the charity Brain Tumour Research.
Dom said: “I will be running the London Marathon 17 years to the day since I lost my mum.
“I was 17 at the time and could only watch as she underwent surgery, then radiotherapy and had epileptic seizures.
“She survived for just six months and ten days.
“This will be my first and last marathon and I am doing it for my mum and to help other families affected by this dreadful disease.
“I know the event will be both physically and emotionally challenging but I think it will be a fitting tribute.”
Dom’s mother Susan was the wife of Rev Norman Taylor, the former parish priest of All Saints Church in Sidley.
Susan was an integral part of parish events at All Saints until she was diagnosed in September 1997 with a brain tumour, passing away in St Michael’s Hospice.
Last year Dom raised £800 for Brain Tumour Research by completing a ‘Magnificent Seven’ challenge in which he powered his way through four 10k and three half-marathon events from Blackpool to Bexhill, culminating fittingly in the Poppy Half Marathon on Remembrance Sunday.
He said: “The pain of losing mum never goes away; I have a wife and daughter she never got to meet. Continuing to remember her in this way is very important to me.
“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet just one percent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable!”
Sue Farrington Smith, chief executive of Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to Dom for his ongoing support in raising vital funds and awareness of brain tumours.
“We are striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.
“Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”
To sponsor Dom, go online and visit www.Justgiving.com/londonmarathonDT6
Or text LNMN49 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 by SMS.
Find out more about Brain Tumour Research at www.braintumourresearch.org