A woman from Eastbourne will be taking part in a Triple 5K swimathon challenge, raising funds for charities close to her heart.
Dawn Barratt, 57, is aiming to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research and Marie Curie on Friday (March, 29).
Dawn’s nephew Jack was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2012 at the age of 16.
He immediately started undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy, at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
In 2015 Dawn’s sister unexpectedly passed away at the age of 51.
She had been by Jack’s side throughout his treatment and died before the news of Jack’s remission.
Two months before his 21st birthday in July 2017, Jack was told the Leukaemia had returned.
“He was admitted back to the Royal Marsden Hospital in January 2018 where he underwent more testing and chemo.
“Then, they decided they were going to do stem cell treatment on him.
“None of us were suitable, but there was a doner in America.
“In June 2018 he had the treatment, and for four months he was getting on really well.
“Holly, his partner, was with him all the time; she was brilliant.”
Within his time in hospital, Jack went completely blind.
Consultants were perplexed as to what was wrong with him, as his tests were coming back fine.
On Friday (September, 14) 2018, Jack died at the age of 22.
“It’s been horrendous and I know we aren’t the only family affected by cancer.
“I wish I could bring them back but I can’t.”
Now, Dawn will be swimming the equivalent of nine miles, or 600 sets, in one day at the Sovereign Centre, Eastbourne.
She said she wants to do everything she can to help these charities support people affected by the disease.