FAMILY and friends of a Leeds mother who is battling breast cancer will tackle the Abbey Dash this weekend in aid of a charity that has helped support them.
Mother-of-two Nic Luke, 46, from Alwoodley, was diagnosed with the disease in June and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
A team of 21 family and friends have rallied round to raise money for Breast Cancer Care by taking part in the YEP-backed charity race on Sunday, November 16.
Husband Jay Luke, 45, will do the 10k adult race, while daughter Abi, 10, and son Joe, 12, will get in the running for the 2k junior race.
Jay, who has been married to Nic for 15 years, said: “She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and while everything is looking positive, I’d like to do something to support her.
“Through running this race, we can raise vital funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Care, so that other women facing this devastating disease have the support and information they need.”
He added: “I am sure Nic is very happy we are all taking part for her and showing our support for this fantastic charity.
“They have been a big help for us as a family and I am so proud that the children and their friends are all taking part in to too.
“It will be a great day, and Nic will be at the finish line waiting for us.
“We’ll all be wearing Breast Cancer Care’s bright orange and pink t-shirts – so you shouldn’t miss us!”
Tom Whitehead, sporting and challenge events manager at Breast Cancer Care, said: “We’re so grateful to Jay and his team for fundraising in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
“The money they raise will help us ensure thousands of people find a way to live with, through and beyond breast cancer.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, so there has never been such an urgent need for our support services.”
To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/abbeydashercancermashers.
For more about the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash, plus road closure information and race day details, see tomorrow’s Yorkshire Evening Post.