Striding out to beat cancer a step at a time in Sheffield

Lisa Shepley is gearing up to take part in Weston Park's Run in the Park on 1 July
Lisa Shepley is gearing up to take part in Weston Park's Run in the Park on 1 July
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A MUM is marking the completion of a course of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer, by running 10km for Weston Park Hospital.

Lisa Shepley, from High Green, Sheffield, was diagnosed with grade-three cancer after doctors discovered a lump in her breast.

She underwent a mastectomy and an 18-week course of chemotherapy, which she finished in February this year.

The 42-year-old will tackle the 10km annual Run in the Park on July 1.

Lisa, mum to son Chay, 11, has undergone partial reconstruction surgery on her breast and is still under the care of the hospital, one of only four specialist cancer hospitals in the UK.

She said: “If you are diagnosed with cancer, you at least want to be in the hands of a specialist hospital like Weston Park.

“Without facilities like that on my doorstep I might not have been so lucky.

Lisa, who works at Sheffield University’s School of Law, added: “This challenge is my way of regaining control of my life, which I feel has been out of my hands for the last eight months and proving to myself that I can now achieve something positive.”

The event takes place at Graves Park, and includes a 10k race and a 3k fun run and runners of all ages and abilities are invited to take part.

More than 800 people have already signed up for the race but, due to its growing popularity, hundreds more have been added and organisers are encouraging runners to take part.

To register for the July 1 event, visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 226 5370.