The best of friends

Natalie Harris, skin cancer survivor, at the Race for Life 2012
Natalie Harris, skin cancer survivor, at the Race for Life 2012
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BEEN there, done that, got the T-shirt.

For skin cancer survivors and best friends Natalie Harris and Michelle Child taking part in the Race for Life had a really special meaning.

Natalie, 33, from Bispham, was diagnosed in September with malignant melanoma.

She had a mole checked out after learning about skin cancer when Michelle was diagnosed in July 2011.

Natalie underwent surgery for her condition, and Michelle had surgery and chemotherapy.

After suffering lymphodema in her leg, Michelle was not sure she would be able to run the Race for Life, so was really pleased to take part – and she raised £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Natalie said: “I’d had a mole for about five years but didn’t think much about it.

“It was only because my best friend Michelle had been diagnosed with it too, so I had read up about it.

“So taking part in the Race for Life means a lot. It’s a good idea to have an event like this and the money goes to such a good cause.

“I know first-hand how research can help.”

Michelle, 26, who lives in Blackpool, said: “I’d been on holiday and had a mole which was itchy and I went to get it looked at.

“It was a big shock, I think I was a bit oblivious to it all really. The treatment I received was excellent.

“Taking part in the Race for Life was a really emotional experience.”