A Lancaster woman whose mum, dad and sister have all battled cancer in the last ten years is fighting back against the disease by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
Super slimmer Jane Hall, who has dropped eight stone in a bid to get fit, is urging women of all ages to join her and sign up now for the 5k event at Lancaster University on July 20.
Jane said: “It’s unbelievable to think that in the past ten years three of my closest family members have been diagnosed with cancer – all three times it has come as a terrible shock.”
Jane’s sister Ann Lansom was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Ann, 52, found a lump on her breast and after a visit to her GP she was referred for tests to the Breast Screening Clinic in Lancaster.
Ann received the devastating news that she had breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy before starting chemotherapy treatment.
Ann was given the all-clear later that year but continues to attend regular check-ups.
Three years later, Jane’s mum, Mavis Hartup, now 79, was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Mavis received radiotherapy treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
Last year the cancer came back and in December 2013 Mavis underwent major surgery, and she is now making a good recovery.
Just two months later, in February 2014, Jane’s dad John Hartup, 83, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for which he is unable to be treated due to the complex medical problems he already has.
Jane, who works as an administrator at Lancaster University, first took part in Race for Life last year. After dropping in weight from 18 stone to 10 stone she felt ready to take on the challenge.
She said: “It was 2010 when I decided to start losing weight – it was either diet or die, so I knew what I had to do.
“It took me three years to get my weight off and it was fantastic to take part in Race for Life for the first time last year.”
And, Jane who is married to Geoff and mum to Rachel, 25, is looking forward to taking part in the event this year.
She added: “Taking part in Race for Life is my way of hitting cancer where it hurts.
“I’m so grateful for the research that’s helped my mum, dad and sister and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.”
Race for Life is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner.
Jen Ward, Cancer Research UK’s Lancaster events manager, said: “We’re calling on an army of feisty females to help us stop cancer in its tracks.
“Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast.
“Instead, they are an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.”
This year, organisers need 1,000 women and girls to help raise £40,000.
Jen added: “Participants may be walking or running but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.”
To enter Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.