Leeds fundraiser Rhyan is simply the breast

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BREAST cancer survivor Rhyan Fritzel is set to run this Sunday’s Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon dressed as a giant boob.

Ms Fritzel, who lives in Leeds city centre, said she is happy to wear the comedy outfit to draw attention and raise awareness of breast cancer.

The 34-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 31 in 2012 and has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a mastectomy.

This Sunday’s Yorkshire Evening Post backed race will be the sixth time she will have donned the giant boob for a fundraising run in aid of the CoppaFeel! charity.

It aims to educate young women about the importance of checking for breast cancer signs and symptoms.

Ms Fritzel, 34, rasied £1,500 for the charity during runs last year and hopes to raise a further £5,000 in 12 races this year while dressed in the boob costume.

She said: “The first time I ran in it I felt a bit self conscious, but I got used to it. I know I’m raising awareness for CoppaFeel! and raising awareness of breast cancer. To me, that is more important than feeling a bit self conscious.”

Ms Fritzel, who works as a sales representative for dental equipment suppliers TP Orthodontics of Morley, added: “I still have to go for regular check ups. As far as I know I’m OK. It may or may not come back. That’s one of the reasons I have been doing a lot of fundraising so I don’t concentrate on that and instead concentrate on doing something positive.

“CoppaFeel! is an amazing charity. It aims to raise awareness and educate young people about the importance of checking their boobs and the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Young people don’t ever think it’s going to happen to them.”

“The charity engages with young people on a level they can relate to. I go to schools and universities and talk about my story.”