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Michelle Chen’s Marathon Challenge supported by Husband Tomas

Posted by Olivia Phillips on 22 February 2023

Michelle and Husband Tomas

This Husband and Wife are completing their own running challenges in support of Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity.

Michelle Chen signed up for the London Marathon and will be running in April – less than 9 months from being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.

Michelle has worked in cancer research her whole life (except when she was 15 and worked at a chocolate and ice cream shop) and is proud of her career. She enjoys being surrounded by the most brilliant minds, the most compassionate clinicians, nurses and health professionals, and most of all, the reward that comes from working with patients and their loved ones.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer aged 40, she is now adjusting to life as the patient.

“The Future Dreams House is a beautiful pink building which has become my refuge in the last 3 months as I rebuild myself physically and mentally.  I’ve met others that face the same challenges and fears as I do. And now as friends, we share the same hopes and dreams for ourselves and our lives.”

Michelle Chen

So, in support of his Wife Michelle’s challenge, Tomas is attempting to run the Putney and Fulham half marathon on April 2nd.

Tomas is not the biggest fan of running but wanted to do this for her and to raise money for Future Dreams who he says have been and continue to be so instrumental in her recovery.

Michelle and Tomas who are taking on their own running challenges for Future Dreams
Michelle outside Future Dreams House and Husband Tomas ready for a run with his running shoes

He has reached out to friends and asked that instead of buying him a pint, they make a donation to Michelle’s fundraising page.

Thank you to both of you for taking on these physical challenges. We wish you the best of luck and are very grateful for your fundraising efforts and support.

If you would like to take on a challenge for yourself, please take a look and see how you can get involved.


Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie founders of Future Dreams breast cancer support
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