Charity walk for ‘beautiful’ daughter, 21, who lost cancer fight
PUBLISHED: 15:55 09 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:30 09 April 2019
A six-mile charity walk in memory of a ‘beautiful and kind’ 21-year-old accountant and aspiring personal trainer will be held this weekend.
In June, Daniela Pegram had the news no mother wants to hear – her daughter, Keanna, was diagnosed with a sarcoma, soft tissue cancer, behind her eyes.
The ‘amazing’ girl had recently passed her personal training exams and was looking forward to a future in her dream job, looking to set up her own businesses and possibly open her own gym.
Daniela, from Clevedon, said: “Keanna was just an amazing girl and so smart. She left school and went into accountancy and worked in Bristol with her sister. She had all these lovely ambitions and then she was diagnosed.
“She went to the doctor in April for bad headaches and her eyes were swollen. In May, she went for an eye test and they sent her to hospital at Bristol where she was kept in – they found a mass behind her eyes.
“She had an operation when she was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer – a soft tissue cancer.
“She started going through chemotherapy straight away.
“Her last chemo should have been in December. She was doing so well, and was so brave and had her hair shaved off because she didn’t want to see it fall out.”
Keanna had planned to take her mum out for her birthday on October 3. When the pair were in the car she had a seizure and had to be rushed to hospital – she died three weeks later on October 26 after the tumour had spread to the lining of her brain.
Daniela said: “She was just so kind, beautiful and smart.”
Wanting to do something in memory of Keanna, Daniela’s colleague Martin Kelsey, from Espiner Fannin Medical, helped organise a six-mile charity walk around Clevedon on Saturday – the anniversary of when Keanna passed her PT exams.
More than 70 people will take part in the walk with the money being split between Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary and Above & Beyond – Teenage Cancer Trust.
Daniela said: “She loved animals and she would try to save any animal she could.”
The walk will see the group walk past All Saints’ Church, where Keanna went to school, and the Curzon cinema, starting at the Salthouse Fields at 10am.
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