The team at Bigfoot Digital will run the streets of Sheffield on September 22nd to honour former Operations Director, Carmen Woodcock, who sadly lost her battle with Sarcoidosis in April.
After suffering for many years with Sarcoidosis, an unknown illness to many, Carmen contracted pneumonia, which led to a long stay in the hospital. Suddenly and tragically, following her return from the hospital, and recovering with her loving husband and two children, she was taken ill and passed away.
Bigfoot Digital's employees will be running the 2019 event to raise funds for SarcoidosisUK, a charity that exists to provide support and information for people with sarcoidosis, and to fund research into a cure for the condition.
Described as “the life and soul of the office, and a devoted mother and wife,” Carmen will be dearly missed by those at the Bigfoot Digital offices.
Steph Briody, Senior Account Manager, and keen runner, said: “While it is sure to be a physically challenging day, I think that once we all get to the start line, reality will set in and we’ll be reminded of why we’re taking part. We want to honour our friend Carmen in the best way we can.”
“There’s a real sense of strong team spirit. While the majority of us are running, others are taking part in alternative fundraising efforts, like novel writing and cake baking, and will be cheering us on from the sidelines. Everyone will be a part of this tribute to Carmen.”
Every year in the UK, around 3,000 to 4,000 people are diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. It’s an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body. The team’s goal is to raise £1,000 for SarcoidosisUK with the hope a contribution will help support others with this potentially life-threatening condition.
Mark Woodcock, Managing Director and loving husband of Carmen, said: “Anyone who had the pleasure to meet Carmen will know just what a unique personality she was.”
“Never one to hold back, and stubborn as a mule, but a wonderful character who would do anything for anyone. I have lost my life partner and the mother of my children to this cruel condition. She was robbed of the chance to see her two children grow up, and that breaks my heart.”
“We urgently need more people to power up this life-saving research. That’s why we’re calling on everyone across the country to support the vital work SarcoidosisUK are doing and help us in our mission to end this heartbreak forever,” he added.
Other members of the Sheffield 10K include: Jodie Ingle, Wemmy Ogunyankin, Holly Breedon, Emily Cocker, Jodie Hirst, Rebecca Cornelius, Aisling Corbett, Hannah Tomaszewski and Ellie Pate.
To donate to this cause and to find out more, visit their Just Giving page:
"She was robbed of the chance to see her two children grow up, and that breaks my heart. "
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