This Mother’s Day, two generations of a St Annes family – whose lives have been affected by cancer – are urging local mums to enter Race for Life
Jenny Clarke, aged 40 and daughter Lily Webber, 12, a pupil at LSA Technology and Performing Arts College, have pledged to take part in the 5k Cancer Research UK event at The Promenade on July 4. They are encouraging other mums and daughters to follow their lead and sign up.
Taking part in Race for Life can be a moving experience, as people come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate the lives of those who have survived, or support those going through treatment. Many women take part in Race for Life with their mums, while others participate to honour their memory.
Jenny, who works in adult education, said: “I’m so proud to sign up to Race for Life alongside Lily. As a family, we’re determined to do all we can to help raise money for life-saving research so more men, women and children can survive cancer. I can’t wait to join my daughter at the start line and help make a real difference in the fight against the disease.”
Jenny’s mum Carole became unwell in 2008 when a lump was found on her left breast during a routine mammogram. She had a mastectomy at Lancaster Hospital, before three weeks of daily radiotherapy treatment at Preston Royal Infirmary,
Later that year, Carole had six months of chemotherapy treatment at Blackpool Victoria. She then enjoyed 12 months of feeling well, including a holiday to Egypt with husband Terry. But, early in 2010, another lump was found. Carole had surgery to remove the lump from her breast, followed by chemotherapy. The following year, a further lump was found in the same breast and early in 2012 a shadow was discovered on her lung. Carole faced further surgery and chemotherapy.
By April 2013 the cancer had spread. Yet Carole still took part in Race for Life Blackpool that July with Jenny and Lily. Just 12 weeks later, she died, aged 66.
Jenny said: “Mum was determined and remained positive throughout. It was lovely all three of us were able to do Race for Life together before she died. Race for Life is always an incredibly emotional event. I still miss my mum every day. Our experience means we understand all too clearly why Cancer Research UK’s work is so important. We are urging women on the Fylde coast to show their support and take on Race for Life.”
• Visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.