BRAVE cancer survivor Sarah Miller is joining Sheffield’s ‘pram man’ John Burkhill in his bid to raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
On Sunday, June 17, hundreds of people will follow familiar city figure John on a sponsored walk from Don Valley Bowl.
John, aged 73, has spent years walking the streets of Sheffield, pushing his trademark pram and wearing his green wig, and has raised £150,000 for the charity.
And now he wants others to join him.
Sarah knows the value of Macmillan’s support.
The shop worker from Shirecliffe was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June 2010, at the age of 27.
She began to feel unwell on her birthday, when she discovered lumps the size of marbles on her neck. A blood test resulted in a call Sarah would never forget.
Doctors told her she had the aggressive form of blood cancer, and had a 50/50 chance of survival.
She was admitted to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and underwent four courses of chemotherapy.
“I had all sorts of questions running through my head. Why me? How has this happened?
“What’s going to happen to me? And have I done anything to cause this?
“I felt so lost and had so many questions racing through my mind.”
Sarah added: “You know you can trust Macmillan information because it’s well researched.
“Everyone around you is emotional and no-one knows what’s going on – you don’t want to upset them even more.
“Having the information there was a real lifeline.”
Sarah, now 28 and working for Boots, has been in remission for 18 months and says she feels ‘fighting fit’.
June 17 – the day of John’s walk – is exactly two years since Sarah began her chemotherapy.
She said: “The date was like a sign, it feels like it was meant to be. I want to show others you can get through cancer and to celebrate this date by giving something back, helping others who are going through what I did.”
n To join them on June 17, see www.macmillan.org.uk/sheffieldwalk or call 0300 1000200.
n Radiotherapy use increasing: P26