An Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer has completed a half-marathon despite being in the midst of treatment for cancer.
Sergeant Pauline Palmer usually spends her spare time helping to run the Army Cadets in Tulse Hill but she is currently on leave from 74 Cadet Detachment (Royal Regiment of Fusiliers) while undergoing chemotherapy.
As a nurse Pauline is completely aware of her prognosis and is undergoing an aggressive treatment plan, she is entirely determined to be well.
Before her diagnosis Sergeant Palmer signed up to compete in a half-marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, now she finds herself in receipt of their care.
During her last chemotherapy session Pauline told her cadet volunteer colleagues that the amount of sponsorship she had been pledged was so high that she was determined to complete the event.
With support from Macmillan and permission from the Richmond Runfest Event Director, fellow Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) Major Dionne Konstantinious and Adult Under Officer Maria Katehis were allowed to walk side by side with Pauline Palmer to support her unwavering resolve to participate. All three were granted special permission to compete in their uniforms.
A group of fellow CFAVs were hiding at the finish and popped up as the trio approached, this was all the encouragement Sergeant Palmer needed to make it across the line side by side with her fellow Fusiliers, raising nearly £1000 for Macmillan.
As her colleague Maria Katehis said “Pauline has faced her situation with astonishing dignity, strength and resolve”
Donations are still being accepted on Sergeant Palmer’s Just Giving Page