PERFECT strangers stood shoulder-to-shoulder, wiping away tears and cheering loudly as brave Kim Rossall started this year’s Blackpool Race for Life.
The 21-year-old from Thornton was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, when she was 18. Despite undergoing extensive treatment, she has been told it is incurable.
Last night she told the crowd of 2,400 women taking part in the 5k Cancer Research UK fundraiser, she was ‘honoured’ to be asked to be an ambassador for the Race for Life. This year the women-only event took place for the first time on Blackpool Promenade – having previously been run on Lawson’s Showground – and organisers have already hailed the move a big success.
Kim was officially starting this year’s year event, as well as walking the route with her team of family and friends.
She told women at the start-line: “It’s wonderful to see so many of your T-shirts bearing the names of loved ones and friends – some are still battling, some are survivors.
“And many of you are running in memory of the lives of those who have lost their fight with cancer.
“It was a huge shock when I was diagnosed, something I never expected.
“I have got to admit I am struggling, my condition has deteriorated, but I for a long time I have been determined to take part in the race and complete the course despite my condition.”
Laura Taylor, Blackpool Race for Life organiser, said she was delighted with the turnout and atmosphere at the event and it was estimated around £120,000 had been raised.
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