Cancer survivor seeks charity race entrants

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Breast cancer survivor Angie Hollin is calling on women to join her at this year’s Race For Life in Sheffield.

The 59-year-old, from Rotherham, has beaten the disease twice and is now preparing to take part in the race to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

More than 2,000 women have already signed up to the event, which sets off from Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre on Sunday, June 8.

Angie, a customer services assistant at Meadowhall, wants to recruit at least 40 fellow staff to join her in the race.

She has also launched fundraising initiatives, such as creating 100 handmade breast cancer badges which have gone on sale to staff for £1.

Angie, who has three children and five grandchildren, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2000. She underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, along with six months of chemotherapy.

Ten years later, she was again treated for cancer, undergoing six months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstruction followed by an 18-week course of Herceptin.

Angie said: “When cancer came back after 10 years, I did go through that time when you think ‘why me again’.

“However, I never doubted I would survive and, of course, it was made even harder as I think most people are aware of the terrible side-effect of chemotherapy and how ill it makes you.

“On both occasions, I didn’t join any groups or go to meetings relating to cancer as when I was well enough I didn’t want to talk about it – I preferred to spend my time with my family.

“I now feel being part of the Race For Life with my family and friends allows me to play my small part to help others.”

n To sign up for Race For Life, visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event