On the 27th May this year, Team LOLA competed in 'Race for Life' to raise money and awareness for the devastating disease, sarcoma. The team came together after the loss of a bright and beautiful young woman called Lola.
Since the race, Team LOLA have raised over £1400 for Cancer Research UK with additional donations for Sarcoma UK totalling to £2500 overall, an achievement that has made all who were close to Lola extremely proud.
Events like 'Race for Life' prove to be an important part in recovery for people who have lost loved ones to cancer. The support and encouragement shown by participants demonstrates the need to continue sponsorship for such events. A close friend of Lola, Mary Aboagye describes running 5kms in the 'Race for Life' event:
"The sun was out from the break of day and all of our spirits were really high. Arriving in Hyde Park and seeing all these women of all shapes, sizes, colours and cultures to 'race for life' evoked so much emotion and pride to think that we were all there because of people we love. It was exactly one month after Lola had passed, so it seemed more of a divine arrangement than a coincidence, and I had even more love and respect for my friend, and for the team of women who gathered together in her honour. I had to fight back the tears at the beginning and struggle to stop giggling at the end. Even in the pain of her loss she still managed to bring us happiness, form stronger bonds of friendships, and appreciate life with pure love."
Other members of Team LOLA expressed their passion for the cause saying:
"I would never have considered running, jogging or walking 5kms, but it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done"
"Participating as a team in an event where everyone was committed to supporting a cause that can make a difference was great. The energy was positive and I know Lola would have been happy. Her family put away their sadness and shared their appreciation with the team completing the 5km challenge"
"It gave me the chance to celebrate the life of a beautiful lady"
The passion and commitment shown by Team LOLA has been an extraordinary celebration of the life of their friend and the determination to see research supported is truly uplifting. Abi Odunsi went on to say "I can't wait to do it all over again next year. We won't stop until we see a change", highlighting their commitment to continue Lola's legacy.
Team LOLA have been so successful in their campaign that they are by no means stopping their fight now. Another division of the team will be racing in a 10km event on Wednesday 4 July 2012 in the hope to raise more awareness for sarcoma. To continue Lola's legacy and support the tireless efforts of this inspirational team, head to Team LOLA's page which is still open for more donations.
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