Leeds survivor flies flag in fight against cancer

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A DETERMINED Bramham woman is flying the flag in the battle against cancer and rallying women across Yorkshire to sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Bowel cancer survivor Amy Lewis, 31, is taking part in the 5k challenge at Temple Newsam, Leeds, on Sunday 31 May and she’s calling on mums, daughters, sisters and friends to join her.

Amy said: “I’m flying the flag in the fight against cancer as I’m determined to show this devastating disease who’s boss. By taking part in Race for Life, we can raise money for life-saving research and help more people like me survive.”

Amy has supported Race for Life every year since 2006 after her grandmother was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

But in 2012, aged just 28, Amy was herself diagnosed with the disease.

She said: “It was the biggest shock I have had in my life.”

She underwent months of chemotherapy, then radiotherapy, plus extensive surgery to remove the tumour as well as 69 lymph nodes, then further chemotherapy.

Just weeks after her treatment ended she took part in the Liverpool Race for Life with a friend who lived there.

“That was a bit more poignant because I had just come through treatment for cancer,” she said.

The Costcutter finance manager said: “I’m so grateful for the research that’s helped me and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.”

“I’m determined to help others by raising more money so Cancer Research UK can ensure even more people like me survive. So I’m urging the brave ladies of the region to take part in Race for Life and help beat cancer sooner.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a series of women-only 5k, 10k, “Pretty Muddy” and marathon events which raise millions every year.

To enter visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.