“Taking part in Race for Life is my way of fighting back against cancer for taking my mum. I miss her every day.”
Devoted daughter Jenny Clarke is all set to take part in this year’s Race for Life, for Cancer Research UK, in her mum’s name and memory.
Last year, Jenny and her mum Carole took part in the 5k event in Blackpool together, along with Jenny’s eight-year-old daughter Lily Webber. The three generations dressed as the Pink Ladies.
Just 12 weeks later, Carole, who was 66, lost her battle with cancer.
Carole – who lived in St Annes – first became unwell in 2008 when a lump was found on her left breast during a routine mammogram. She underwent a mastectomy at Lancaster Hospital before three weeks of daily radiotherapy treatment at Royal Preston Hospital. Later that year, Carole had chemotherapy treatment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, for six months.
Following her treatment, she enjoyed 12 months feeling well and went on holiday to Egypt with husband Terry.
But then early in 2010, another lump was discovered in her breast. Carole underwent surgery to have the lump removed, followed by chemotherapy treatment.
The following year, a further lump was found in the same breast and early in 2012 a shadow was found on her lung. Carole then underwent further surgery, followed by more chemotherapy.
Sadly, by April 2013, the cancer had spread throughout Carole’s body.
She was determined to complete the Race for Life with her family last year and sadly passed away in October.
Jenny, from St Annes, said: “Mum was a real fighter and she battled her way throughout. It was lovely all three of us were able to do Race for Life together last year. It will be extremely difficult doing it without her this year.
“It’s going to be an incredibly emotional event, but I know mum would be proud of me and that by taking part I’ll be helping other families have more precious time with their loved ones.
“That’s why I want women in Blackpool to join me, because united we are stronger than this terrible disease.”
The women-only Race for Life event, which raises money for Cancer Research UK – run in partnership with Tesco – will this year take place in Blackpool on July 9, on the Promenade. Organisers are hoping 2,000 women and girls will sign up to walk, run or jog their way around the 5k course, and they are aiming to raise at least £110,000.
Visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.