A DEVOTED mum who died after battling cancer has inspired her daughter to take part in the Race for Life Sunderland.
Trainee dental nurse Lauren Ramsay, 22, will be pulling on her trainers and tackling the 5k race dressed as a Pink Lady, in memory of mum Sandra.
The 51-year-old mum-of-two died just days before Christmas, after being diagnosed with cancer of the chest wall.
Sunday marked the first Mother’s Day since the doctor’s receptionist died at St Benedict’s Hospice in Newcastle Road.
Lauren, of Edward Burdis Street, Southwick, said her mum’s brave fight drove her to sign up for the race, along with friends and work colleagues from Oasis Dental Care in Gilesgate, Durham.
“I wanted to raise some money to help someone with cancer go without pain and to get pain under control, to make them comfortable and enjoy the rest of their life.
“Sometimes my mam was in so much pain. She could not even walk and the tumour was pushing through her chest wall on to her back.
“Eventually the consultant came to her and said there was nothing else they could do.
“She was a massive fighter right up until the end, saying she was going to get better, but then sometimes she was up all night crying in pain and saying she was scared.
“It’s been the first Mother’s Day without her.”
Problems started when Sandra had a breast cancer scare in March last year, but tests came back negative.
She felt unwell during a holiday to Turkey and coughed up blood, but blamed the heat and started eating more fruit and vegetables and taking vitamins.
She had complained of back pain for about a year and former beauty therapist Lauren would massage a “knot” in her shoulder which never seemed to go away.
But it was a trip to the doctors for a persistent pain which led to chest x-rays and revealed a huge mass in her chest.
Sandra underwent several operations as doctors sought for a diagnosis then endured bouts of debilitating chemo and radiotherapy.
But she died on December 21 and a funeral service was held in Fulwell Methodist Church.
As well as Lauren, she also left husband Michael, 58, and son Andrew, 29.