Inspiring Sheffield mum backs Race for Life

Danielle Pacey with Millie and Macauley at the Race for Life launch at Meadowhall.
Danielle Pacey with Millie and Macauley at the Race for Life launch at Meadowhall.
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A COURAGEOUS mum who battled cancer while pregnant helped to launch a Sheffield charity event in spectacular style.

Danielle Pacey, aged 25, from Manor Park, joined a team of dancers at Meadowhall to perform an energetic warm-up routine, encouraging people to sign up for the Race For Life event.

The annual race is held in aid of Cancer Research UK, and is happening at the shopping centre in June.

Up to 4,800 women are expected to take part by running, walking, jogging or even dancing their way around the route.

Danielle was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while pregnant with her son Macauley, now three, and started chemotherapy sessions soon afterwards.

Doctors initially thought she may have to abort her child - but following tests she was allowed to continue with the pregnancy, undergoing an early Caesarean.

In October 2009 Danielle was told she was in remission.

The mum - now expecting her third child - was joined at Meadowhall by Macauley and her five-year-old daughter Millie.

A big screen was also put up showing the warm-up routine, known as the ‘Cancer Slam’, and displaying the individual steps so shoppers could join in.

Danielle, who is studying adult nursing at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “I’m determined to get my own back on this terrible disease. I feel so passionately about recruiting more women to join me at this year’s event.”

Jenny Murgatroyd, Race For Life event manager for Yorkshire, said she was ‘very grateful’ for Danielle’s help.

“We need mums, grans, daughters, sisters and friends to enter,” she added.

n Visit to sign up for the event.