Cancer survivor says thanks

Niamh Hardy
Niamh Hardy
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A Sheffield athlete who had to give up competing while she battled cancer is training for a 10k in the hope of raising £1,000 for the hospital which treated her.

Niamh Hardy, who turned 18 at the weekend, was diagnosed with a tumour in her abdomen after noticing a pain while she competed.

The teenager endured chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a 13-hour operation and a stem cell transplant in her fight for survival but is now back to full health and preparing to take part in the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield on September 27.

Sponsorship money she collects will be donated to the M3 cancer ward at the city’s Children’s Hospital,

Niamh, a member of the City of Sheffield Athletics Club since she was nine, is a heptathlete who cites Sheffield’s Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill as an idol.

The Hillsborough College sports science student, from Frecheville, who was diagnosed in September 2012, said she is enjoying competing again and is excited about the run, from Sheffield city centre to Hillsborough and back again.

She said: “I am just glad to be training and competing again and enjoying my athletics.

“I had no idea anything was wrong because I had no symptoms.

“I felt well and was competing well but I felt a pull in my back and just thought I had strained it doing the javelin so when I was diagnosed it came as a massive shock.

“Thankfully I was diagnosed quickly and the treatment started quickly and I have now been in remission for two years.”

Niamh, who competed in the Youth Development League national finals on Sunday, said she is thankful for the treatment and support that she received at Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital.

“They were fantastic to me and all the treatment worked so I want to do this run and raise money to say thank you,” she said.

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