We’re doing this for dad

Sisters Samantha Lee (left) and Vicki Higgins will be running this year's Race For Life in memory of their father Brian Lee, who died of cancer in 2008.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'12-4-2012

Sisters Samantha Lee (left) and Vicki Higgins will be running this year's Race For Life in memory of their father Brian Lee, who died of cancer in 2008. PIC BY ROB LOCK'12-4-2012

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TWO Fylde coast mums will be showing the true spirit of sisterhood when they join thousands of women in the Race for Life this summer.

And Cancer Research UK is a cause very close to the heart of sisters Samantha Lee and Vicki Higgins, as they will be running in memory of their dad.

They lost their dad Brian Lee, aged 64, to lung cancer in March 2008.

Brian, who had always been a fit and healthy man, began to feel unwell in October 2007, and went to see his GP when he started to cough up blood. He was referred to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

The family received the terrible news there was no cure for Brian’s cancer, but he was given radiotherapy treatment at Royal Preston Hospital in the hope it would slow the cancer down.

Vicki, now 31, was planning her wedding at the time, and because she was desperate for her dad to be able to give her away, she brought the wedding forward to the December.

Just two weeks later, in the January before he died, Brian had his own wedding to his long-term partner Barbara.

Both Sam, from Norbreck and Vicki, from Bispham, said their dad’s illness was ‘devastating’ and the most difficult part was there being just five months from the time he was diagnosed until he died.

Sam and Vicki first did Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in 2008, the same year their dad passed away.

On July 4 this year, they will again be completing the 5k run in a big group and are busy rallying round friends and family to get involved.

Mum-of-one Sam, 37, said: “Dad never got ill, so when he went to the doctors we knew it must be something very serious. It was such a sad time, but we had a lot to celebrate too when my sister got married and at my dad’s wedding just a few weeks later.”

Vicki, who has two young daughters, added: “The first year we did Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life we had just lost dad so we were both very emotional.

“But, it’s a lovely way to remember him and pay a special tribute to his life. The Race for Life is a very important cause and I think more people should give it a go.”

This year’s Race for Life has a new venue in Blackpool. It used to take place on Lawson’s Showground, but this year for the first time will be along Blackpool Promenade, to allow more women to take part.

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