Race For Life 2012: Pink and proud on an ‘emotional day’ - SLIDESHOW

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TheY set off in the pink and ended red in the face - the thousands of women and children who walked or ran around the streets of Sheffield to raise cash to help find a cure for cancer.

Five thousand, all united in the same cause, went the extra mile with the pink theme and donned tutus, wigs, cowboy hats, T-shirts, leg warmers, feather boas and fairy wings to complete Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Sheffield city centre yesterday.

Pink ladies: Sheffield's Race For Life 2012 fundraisers in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Pink ladies: Sheffield's Race For Life 2012 fundraisers in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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There were tears, hugs and memories exchanged as participants remembered those who have lost their fight against cancer.

But there were also smiles, laughter and an air of positivity at the start line as survivors shared their stories - giving hope to those battling the disease, including 42-year-old Julie Dadd, from Hillsborough, who is fighting breast cancer.

Joined in the race by colleagues from Anchor Magnets in Darnall, Julie vowed to beat the illness.

“It has taken my breast, but it will not take my life,” she said defiantly.

“I was diagnosed last March and am still having treatment. I have had surgery and there is more to come so this race means everything to me - to see everyone pulling together for such a good cause.

“Cancer touches everyone. Since being diagnosed everyone.”

Brave Tracey Biggins, who has terminal cancer, completed the course in her wheelchair - pushed around and supported by a group of friends who between them raised about £1,000.

It was the first time Tracey, who turns 50 next week, had been well enough to take part on the day.

She said: “I have wanted to do the race before, but had never been able to until this year, so it is amazing to be able to do my bit for such a worthwhile charity.”

Fundraisers wore a card on their backs detailing their own personal reasons for wanting to take part in the Race for Life - inspiring and motivating others to complete the course.

Among them was Margaret Eaton, aged 49, who also attached a photograph of her beloved husband, Wayne, after he lost a four-month battle with cancer last October.

“It’s a really emotional day,” she said.

“Cancer touches so many lives, so it is important that these events take place and are supported.”

Another novice in the race was 64-year-old Christine Pass, from Walkley, whose 37-year-old daughter Colette Phipps lost her cancer battle six-and-a-half years ago.

She was joined at the start line by her granddaughter Paige Pass, Colette’s niece, 13, who attends King Edward VII School in Broomhill; daughter-in-law Donna Pass, 38, and Paige’s other grandma Monica Taylor, 58.

Christine said: “Paige talked us into it and we will be thinking about Colette all the way around.”

Jan Ambler, who lost her fight against cancer last year at the age of 46, was the motivation for a group of 14 friends who ran the race in her memory and hope to have raised more than £1,000.

Friend Eileen Smith, 50, of High Green, said: “Everyone in the race has their own reasons for doing it and for us it’s Jan - she will get us around.”

If participants were not emotional enough before the count down to the race began, they were when the mum of two-year-old Amber Whiston, from Gleadless, took to the mic to talk about her daughter’s battle with cancer.

The youngster, who recently finished chemotherapy, was found to have a benign brain tumour the size of a golf ball behind her eye when she was eight months old and her mum, Lara Joyce, detailed the battle the youngster has had to endure, including a nine-hour operation.

Organisers hope the event will raise £320,000, to fund research into all types of cancer.

* To donate visit www.raceforlife.org.