I’m walking all over cancer this March.

The word for cancer hasn’t changed. In Old English it was also cancer, from Latin cancer meaning ‘crab or creeping ulcer’.

Fortunately, thanks to doctors and scientists around the world, treatment for cancer patients continues to change for the better. You can help it change more quickly by donating to charities like Cancer Research UK.

This March I’m walking 10,000 steps a day throughout the month to help beat cancer sooner. Based on the average person’s stride, that’s 5 miles a day, so over 150 miles by the end of the month. (That’s the distance from London to Manchester or Paris to Brussels.)

My goal is to raise £500 for cancer research. I’ve dedicated the page to my high school friend Chelsea. Chelsea died almost 8 years ago from cancer at age 24. We read Beowulf for the first time together in English with an intimidating teacher we nicknamed ‘Mrs Grendel’ (who is actually a lovely person and was one of my best teachers in high school).

If you are able, I encourage you to help make cancer a thing of the past. You can make a quick, secure donation on my fundraising page.

Also, all of my funds from Patreon for the month of March will be donated to Cancer Research UK, so if you’re a Patron you’re already making a donation. I’ll include photos from my walks and weekly updates on my Patreon page. You’ll be able to see these even if you’re not a Patron.

Thank you for reading this post. I know it’s a bit off-topic but it’s close to my heorte.

snīwan

snīwan, wk.v: to snow. (“snee-won”)

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Miniature of three sinners standing in a hell-mouth, being tormented by devils throwing ice and snow. Breviari d’Amor (Catalan prose version), by Matfré Ermengau of Béziers. E. Spain (Catalonia, Gerona?), last quarter of the 14th century. British Library, Yates Thompson 31, f. 170v. [bl.uk]