The Return of the Jedi

Guess who’s back?
Back again.
Sister Act.
Tell a friend.
Guess who’s back, Sister Act, guess who’s back, guess who’s back.
Nanana, nanana.

sisters

Ohhhh yes, the cancer kicking sisters are back! Let’s hear a “hell yeah!”

It’s been two years since Sophie and I first decided that we were gonna hit cancer back for trying to take our mum off us, and it’s been a pretty crazy ride.

We’ve raised over £2000 for Cancer Research UK, had our story featured on the Race for Life blog, and…er…this happened…

Paisley Daily Express - p3 June 7 2013

And this year, we’re back, bigger and better than ever before! I’m sure those of you who have followed our campaign from the start remember my joy when our duo became a triple threat last year.

Well. Have we got news for you. So far this year, there are six members of the Sister Act race team. I know. I’m beside myself.

Mothers’ Day is a most excellent day to be announcing the start of this year’s fundraising, because this year, it’s all about the mothers.

A lot of you already know mine and Sophie’s story, so I won’t go back through it again (if you don’t, click right here and here to read all about it).

Before you all get excited, no, our mother will not be joining the Race. She’s on holiday. Again. Shaaaame.

But her mother will be joining us.

Yes, that is my granny Rosie on Sophie's back. Yes, she is 65 years old. You can't handle the awesome.

Yes, that is my granny Rosie on Sophie’s back. Yes, she is 65 years old. You can’t handle the awesome.

And my second mother, the woman who helped raise me to be the raving lunatic you see before you, my utterly epic Auntie Kathleen will also be joining us.

BOOM. Jack is getting a lot of honourable appearances in this post.

BOOM. Jack is getting a lot of honourable appearances in this post.

AND WE’RE NOT EVEN FINISHED YET.

Also entering the Sister Act fold this year, can we get a big round of applause for the glorious, the delectable, the entirely unstoppable not-so-wicked-stepmother, and her adorable little sidekick.

Yes, they are both Racing. No, you may not pet them.

Yes, they are both Racing. No, you may not pet them.

This is the third Longmuir sister, by the way. The whole gang is finally coming together to beat the hell out of cancer.

Guys, I am so excited I cannot even deal. My entire head is like a tiny party right now. Cancer, you picked a fight with the wrong family. You really messed up. Sister Act is coming for you. And this time, there’s a whole lot of us. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Sister Act: the Gathering.

Donate.

First Steps

For those of you joining this show already in progress, a quick catch up of mine and Sophie’s shining cancer-kicking credentials.

This is me:

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This is Sophie:

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And four years ago, cancer tried to take this lady away from us:

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Naturally, we were miffed. I mean, look how adorable she is. Why would cancer pick a fight with that? Anyway, my mum kicked it to the curb pretty sharpish. Really it should have known better than to mess with a Paisley burd. But for me and Sophie, the fight wasn’t quite over yet. We decided to teach cancer a lesson, so signed up for the Race for Life 2012.

We followed a rigorous training programme to prepare for our 5k run.

We exercised regularly.

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lift

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And always ate a healthy, balanced diet.

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burger

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We’re a pretty serious pair altogether.

Kicking ass

Over two months, the lovely, wonderful general public donated to our campaign, somehow believing that these two girls could drag their bodies around a 5k running track if motivated by enough cancer-rage.

It rained tons on the day.

Maaaaybe not this much.

Maaaaybe not this much.

But that didn’t manage to dampen anyone’s spirits.

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Turns out that cancer-rage is a fairly effective motivator, and we made it all the way round the track: in 48 minutes. By the end of our campaign, we had raised just over £800 for Cancer Research UK.

Awesome.

awesome

And this year, we’re back. We aim to become the ultimate fly in cancer’s ointment by flatly refusing to go away until it does. We Paisley girls are tough, and we don’t do things by half. So cancer, you better watch your back. Because we are coming after you.

We’re baaaack!

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That’s right, everyone’s favourite ass-kicking, cancer-slamming sisters are back on the interwebs, and this time, it’s-a personal. Can I get a “HELL YEAH!”? No? Sheesh.

It’s a whole new year, which means a whole new Race for Life, complete with whole new super shiny fundraising page: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/sister-act-ii

Ooooooooh. Shiiiiiny.

Last year, you beautiful, wonderful people helped us raise just over £800 for Cancer Research UK. That was entirely and utterly awesome. Seriously. You should go buy yourself a drink for how awesome that was. I don’t care if it’s 11am, you deserve it, you little minx. AND YET, despite this amazing effort, cancer is still hanging around being a colossal pain in the ass.

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What a drag.

So we’re racing again, and this time have created this megacool blog page so that you can follow us every step of the way. Stay tuned for cancer-kicking antics, wildly embarrassing training stories, updates on research we funded (surely that one deserves a “hell yeah”), running totals, celebrity guests and the occasional tug on your heartstrings.

We love you all very much, and are incredibly grateful for all the support you have already given us, whether in the form of donations or encouragement. Cancer really sucks. A lot. And you are helping beat it once and for all. In the immortal words of the great Janice Ian, let’s rock this bitch. Cancer, we’re coming to get you.