Cancer sufferer Kate has Leeds 10K goal

Kate Granger.
Kate Granger.
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Courageous Kate Granger is preparing to take on the latest in the series of fundraising challenges she has set herself since being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Kate, 33, a doctor at the Wakefield-based Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is aiming to run the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K on Sunday, July 12.

Illness permitting, she will tackle the race with husband Chris to raise funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Kate, from East Ardsley, said: “It’s likely to be more of a walk than a run but we’ll give it a good go.

“I’m looking forward to taking part and soaking up the special atmosphere out there.”

Kate was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2011. She has raised £155,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre and now has her sights set on a target of £250,000.

Her previous challenges have included a 10,000ft skydive and a 13-mile walk in the Lake District.

Kate has also won acclaim for a successful social media campaign encouraging staff in hospitals to introduce themselves by name to their patients.

She began the #hellomynameis campaign after being struck by how often the small personal touch was missing from the care she was receiving.

Talking about the initiative, Kate said: “I would so love to be remembered not as that poor young doctor who died of cancer before her time but as someone who inspired change towards truly person-centred healthcare for everyone.”

The Leeds 10K is held each year by Run For All, which works to continue the legacy of Leeds cancer heroine Jane Tomlinson.

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