CHARITY hero Derrick Daley’s legacy is living on as his daughter prepares to get her running shoes on.
Lynn Walsh has vowed to carry on in her father’s brave footsteps after he lost his long battle with cancer last year.
Derrick, from Kingsholm, died after losing his fight with bowel cancer aged 65. He had been given only 18 months to live when he was diagnosed aged 57.
During his eight-year battle, he became a fundraiser and set up Race4Men, taking part in the annual 5km run at Plock Court despite his ill health.
Lynn, 42, from Cinderford, said Derrick faced countless visits to hospital for a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
She added: “Tough as it was, he persevered and kept the treatment going. He was in more pain than he ever admitted, but with the love and support of his wife, Sandra and the rest of his family, he found a reason to keep fighting before he developed secondary lung cancer and he died a year ago”.
Now Lynn and her daughter, Shannon, nine, will be raising money by taking part in Race for Life at Gloucester Park on Sunday, June 22.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is inspiring women to take part in a series of 5km and 10km events.
Lynn said: “My dad was an incredible fighter and during the years he survived he wanted to help others. He ran the Race4Men many times, including when he was having chemotherapy.
“I have encouraged my daughter to join me in the Race for Life as it is really important the next generation is aware how important it is to help in the fight against cancer.”