Kirsti Thompson, Race for Life Volunteer

“In the summer of 2014 my dad was suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so I was experiencing first-hand the devastating effects of cancer. Before he died, he received life-prolonging treatment that was only possible because of research. That research gave me time with my dad that I might not otherwise have had.

I started volunteering that summer and loved it from my first event – now I can never imagine giving it up!”

What Kirsti does

Kirsti volunteers at a huge range of events including Race for Life 5k & 10k, Pretty Muddy, Shine, March on Cancer and Winter Run.

“On Race day I usually take on the role of either course marshal or finish funnel volunteer. As course marshal I help set out the Race in the morning, advise other volunteers and keep track of everything while the Race is on. The finish funnel volunteer role involves handing out water, medals and lots of cheering!”

Kirsti’s volunteering highlights

“Beating cancer sooner means absolutely everything to me - It means that fewer people will have to suffer, and people won’t have to say goodbye to their loved ones before they should.

The biggest thing for me has been the chance to meet so many inspiring people, both volunteers and participants. It’s like being part of an extended family - I’ve even convinced my Mum and Auntie to start volunteering!

Everyone has their own reason for being involved with CRUK, but seeing everyone come together in the fight to beat cancer is amazing.”

Kirsti’s advice to anyone thinking about volunteering

“Definitely do it! Don’t worry if you haven’t done anything like this before - what’s important is to have a passion for Cancer Research UK and the enthusiasm to help make sure everyone has an amazing day.

It’s impossible to explain the buzz you get from volunteering, but I guarantee if you sign up once you will want to do it over and over again.”

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