Leeds sisters urging women to join ‘pink army’ in fight against cancer

Amy and Beth Crosland. Picture by Richard Walker/ www.imagenorth.net.
Amy and Beth Crosland. Picture by Richard Walker/ www.imagenorth.net.
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Two Leeds sisters are putting on their ‘war paint’ as they urge women to join the fight against cancer.

Beth Crosland, 16, and her sister Amy, 14, who are both pupils at Pudsey Grangefield School, will call on women to join the ‘pink army’ taking on Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events when they visit Trinity Leeds on Saturday from 11am.

The teenagers have previously taken part after being inspired by their mum Amanda’s fight against skin cancer. She was diagnosed with malignant melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer – over 13 years ago.

Beth said: “Mum was diagnosed with cancer when we were only little, so it was only when we started to get older did we start to understand how serious it was for her.

“We feel so grateful for the treatment she had and for research, which means our wonderful mum is very much still with us, watching us grow up.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 different types of cancer.

Its Leeds Race for Life events will take place on May 30 and 31.

Philippa Sharpe, Leeds Race for Life event manager, said: “Every day, 77 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire and the Humber. That’s why we are calling on the brave ladies of Leeds to help make this year’s Race for Life our best ever. It doesn’t matter how fit or fast you are because Race for Life is not competitive. It’s about an army of women standing shoulder-to-shoulder to take on cancer. We urge local women to sign up today.”

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

To enter Race for Life visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.