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Alita Day and mother Rita Day will both be doing Race for Life in Blackpool in July.

Alita Day and mother Rita Day will both be doing Race for Life in Blackpool in July.

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A DEVOTED daughter will be joining forces with her brave mum who has survived her battle against lung cancer for the Race for Life.

Alita Day, 56, and her mum Rita, from Lytham, will take part in the Cancer Research UK fund-raiser, on the Promenade in Blackpool on Wednesday, July 4.

The pair know first-hand how vital the work of Cancer Research UK is.

Rita, 75, has worked as a volunteer for the Cancer Research UK charity shop, in St Annes, for nine years.

She first became unwell in September 2011 when she was given antibiotics for what was thought to be a chest infection.

But when Rita’s cough became no better, her daughter encouraged her to go back to her GP.

Rita, whose partner David had also suffered a stroke that month, was referred to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where she underwent a series of tests.

Rita and her family were then given the devastating news she had lung cancer. Just weeks later, Rita had surgery to remove half her right lung.

The operation was a success, and Rita needed no further treatment. Doctors also found a shadow on her left lung, which continues to be monitored, but at the moment is not thought to be serious.

Alita, who is semi-retired, said when her mum was diagnosed with lung cancer she was ‘devastated’ but she and her brother, aged 44, and sister, 54, remained positive throughout their mum’s battle with the disease.

She said: “It was a very worrying time. As soon as you hear the word cancer you imagine the worst, but mum has battled through, and she was extremely lucky it was caught in time.”

Alita has taken part in the 5k Race for Life three times and is looking forward to doing it again this year.

It is hoped 3,000 women and girls from the Fylde coast will get together to walk, or run along the new event route on the Promenade, to raise money and awareness.

Alita added: “Not only will I be doing Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, but mum will also be completing it too. She really is amazing.

“I will be running with friends – and she is going to do a gentle walk round, after all, she is 75, and it’s only months since she had surgery. It’s a fantastic event. Myself and my mum are delighted to be raising money for such a good cause.”

To enter Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org, or call 0871 641 1111.