A MUM who lost her aunt to breast cancer on Christmas Day is preparing to lace up her trainers for this weekend’s Race for Life.
And Laura Warren, 30, from Barnes, is urging Wearside women to make a stand against cancer and join her.
Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the 5k or 10k Race for Life at Herrington Country Park or the Pretty Muddy obstacle course, which returns to the city after last year’s successful debut.
Laura said her whole family had been touched by cancer.
Aunt Glynis Cowie lost her battle with cancer six months ago while her mum – Glynis’s sister – Susan, 60, faced breast cancer in 2009. Her 92-year-old gran Marjorie Wynn was recently diagnosed with bowel cancer, having beaten breast cancer a number of years ago.
Mother-in-law Catherine Haley was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008.
Make-up artist Laura, who is married to Gary and mum to Blake, one, and Lola, four, said: “It’s been a terrible few years for our family – each time someone has been diagnosed with cancer, it has come as a terrible shock.”
Glynis was first diagnosed in 2007 when she found a lump in one of her breasts. She had surgery, followed by chemotherapy, and was given the all-clear in November 2012.
But just a few months later, she began to feel unwell with pains in her stomach. Doctors first thought it was a problem with gallstones.
In March last year, she was referred for tests and was told the breast cancer had returned and had spread throughout her body.
Glynis and her family were given the devastating news she had just weeks to live and she died last Christmas aged 62.
Now Laura is looking forward to taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life – a women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner.
She added: “Taking part in Race for Life is my way of fighting back against cancer and for taking my auntie.
“I miss her every day – I still can’t believe she has gone.
“It’s going to be an incredibly emotional event, but I know auntie Glynis would be proud of me.”
Places are still available for the weekend’s events.
Pretty Muddy takes place on Saturday, with staggered starts from 9.30am.
The Race for Life 10k gets under way at 9.30am on Sunday, with the 5k run setting off at 11.30am.
•To enter, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.