Mum of two Sarah Abbott is lacing up her trainers ahead of one of the area’s biggest charity events in support of local people affected by cancer.
The 8th annual CancerCare StarWalk takes place on Saturday April 26 at 9pm from The Lakes Leisure Centre in Kendal where participants can choose to run, walk or jog the 15km night time route.
Organised by Lancaster cancer support charity CancerCare, the annual StarWalk event has fast become one of the biggest of its kind in Cumbria with over 500 local people expected to take part this year.
And local resident Sarah – who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011 - will be amongst them.
Sarah, 47, said: “The unique thing about the StarWalk is that welcomes men, women and children to take part which isn’t the case with some other charity night walks. Cancer can affect us all regardless of age or gender.
“People think that once you’ve had your chemotherapy then you get better.
“But for me it was not like that at all. The cancer affected me in ways I didn’t think it would.
“Although the Oncology team at the hospital were brilliant, once I had finished all my treatment I felt completely lost. I no longer had that network of support around me.
“Cancer is so much more than a physical disease – it affects your confidence and the way you feel about yourself. It also affects the rest of your family and puts a huge strain on all your relationships.
“Our emotions were just all over the place. Then I heard about CancerCare.
“They offered me professional councelling and aromatherapy massage sessions which made me feel so much better especially when I felt really poorly after chemotherapy.
“Just being able to make time for you and feel pampered really helped me come to terms with everything that had happened.
“And CancerCare helped my husband too; he had hypnotherapy sessions to help him sleep better and cope better with all the worry and stress.
“The way I look at it is that the NHS took care of the cancer but CancerCare looked after the rest of me and my family. The support they gave us was just as important.”
The StarWalk has raised over half a million pounds to date all of which helps support CancerCare’s vital work in helping adults and children affected by cancer in North Lancashire and South Lakeland communities.
To register for the CancerCare StarWalk 2014 visit www.starwalk.org.
You can also read what previous participants had to say about last year’s event and watch a short video filmed on the night.
For more information about CancerCare’s services please call 01524 381 820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow CancerCare on Twitter @CancerCareLocal or on FaceBook at ‘CancerCareCharity’.