Sunderland mum takes on Race for Life in memory of aunt who died from cancer

Supporterss who donate to Wendy Young's  Race for Life will have the chance to win  their own Grand Prix at Karting North East. Wendy is pictured with her son Gary Young who had the idea, and Dave Glynn, manager of the karting centre with tickets for the Grand Prix.
Supporterss who donate to Wendy Young's Race for Life will have the chance to win their own Grand Prix at Karting North East. Wendy is pictured with her son Gary Young who had the idea, and Dave Glynn, manager of the karting centre with tickets for the Grand Prix.
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A DEVOTED niece is taking on a running challenge in memory of her much loved aunt.

Wendy-Anne Young, 38, from Penshaw, will be taking on the 10k Race for Life in memory of Anne Greenwell died, aged just 55.

Anne was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and died only 10 days later in October 2010.

Wendy, who is mum to Gary, 16, Josh, eight, and Carly, two, said: “She had breast cancer a few years previously and was in remission.

“Then she was diagnosed with lung cancer and within a few days we were told is was advanced and then she was gone. It was such a shock.”

Wendy ran the 5k Race for Life last year, but was up for a bigger challenge this year and is hoping to raise £300 for the Cancer Research UK.

Wendy said: “I’m going to do the bigger one this time. To be honest, I found the last one quite easy.

“I’ve got a two-year-old running around, so I get plenty of exercise and I used to run when I was younger.”

The race will take place on May 20 at Herrington Country Park.

Double British Rally Champion driver, Guy Wilks, from Karting North East, has donated a “grand prix” race for four people worth £197.

Wendy’s son, Gary, works at the Warden Law karting company and gave his mum the idea about approaching Guy for a prize to encourage donations.

Wendy said: “It was great of Guy to donate that prize. I think it gives people that little bit more incentive to dig in their pockets.”

To donate to Wendy and to be in for a chance of winning the tickets, go to her just giving page at http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/wendyanneyoung

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