Cancer battler urges others to join her in fight with Race for Life

Louise Seery

Louise Seery

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A Sunderland woman who battled cancer is urging others to join her in the fight against the disease by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Louise Seery will be guest of honour at the Race for Life 5k and 10k events at Herrington Country Park, on Sunday, May 31.

Thankfully, I had huge support from family and friends to help me cope with my treatment.

Louise Seery

Louise, from Hendon, was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2013 just after her 21st birthday, at a time when she was being treated for the serious illness vasculitis, which is inflammation of the blood vessels.

When her lymphoma was diagnosed she was immediately transferred to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle, and underwent intensive chemotherapy.

Louise, a former Hudson Road Primary and Thornhill schools pupil, had her last treatment in December and was given the fantastic news that she was cancer free in January.

Louise, now 23, said: “It was a terrible shock when I was diagnosed with cancer and it was really horrible at the time.

“But I just thought here’s another problem that I’ve got to face.

“Thankfully, I had huge support from family and friends to help me cope with my treatment.

“I’m determined to help others by raising money so Cancer Research UK can ensure even more people survive. So I’m urging the brave ladies of Sunderland to take part in Race for Life and help beat cancer sooner.”

Hodgkin’s lymphoma develops in the lymphatic system, which is part of a person’s immune system.

About 1,900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the UK each year. However, the exact cause is unknown.

Every day, 40 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North East.

To enter Race for Life go to raceforlife.org, or call 0300 123 0770.