Ten thousand steps to Walk All Over Cancer
A Blackpool cancer survivor is supporting Cancer Research UK’s latest fundraising campaign, Walk All Over Cancer.
Pam Lindsay, 65, is hoping local residents will sign up and get sponsored to walk 10,000 steps every day in March to support the charity’s life-saving mission.
The-mum-of-three was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram appointment in 2017.
She knows first-hand just how important new breakthroughs and discoveries are to help more people like her survive.
While the news was a big shock for the whole family, doctors reassured Pam that the cancer had been diagnosed early and was treatable.
Pam, who works at Trebaron Garden Centre and lives in Marton, had surgery to remove the cancer.
Further tests of the lymph nodes which had been removed showed the cancer had not spread. She had radiotherapy treatment and made a great recovery.
Pam, who has 10 grand-children, said: “It was devastating when I was told I had cancer. Nothing can prepare you for those words.
“But thanks to research, I’m still here today and can go on spending time with my lovely family. That’s why I’m encouraging everyone in Blackpool to step up to the Walk All Over Cancer
challenge this March.”
Ten thousand steps is equal to about five miles, based on the average person’s strides, so by the end of March participants will have clocked up more than 150 miles.
Keeping check on the number of steps taken each day is easy to do with smartphone apps, pedometers and wearable activity trackers available to help.
Walk All Over Cancer is now integrated with FitBit, so participants can automatically publish their step count on their fundraising page.
Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the North West, said: “We all want 2021 to have a more positive outlook.
“So why not give yourself a boost by committing to get more active and having an achievable goal to aim for - all in aid of a good cause.
“Signing up to Walk All Over Cancer is a safe and simple way to show support during these challenging times. Plus, knowing you’ll be helping to save lives is the ultimate motivation.”