A mum who survived one of the world’s rarest forms of cancer is set to thank hospital staff who saved her life by taking part in a torchlit night walk.
Katy Hancock, aged 50, successfully fought mesonephric adenocarcinoma, a type of cervical cancer which, at the time, had been diagnosed in only 30 other people around the world.
The mum-of-two is now taking part in Weston Park Hospital’s Light the Night walk through Ecclesall Woods, happening on Saturday, September 28.
Katy, who works as a haemodialysis care sister at the Northern General Hospital, was 46 when she was diagnosed, and said the news came as a ‘massive blow’.
“Nothing had prepared me for the shock,” said the mum, from Thorpe Hesley in Rotherham.
“I found it heartbreaking to tell my children their mum would need lifesaving treatment and might not survive.”
Katy needed a hysterectomy and radiotherapy at Weston Park.
She will be taking part in the walk with husband Steve and children Sophie and Dominic.
They will also be walking in memory of Katy’s mum, Jean Morris, who died of a brain tumour.
“I can’t thank the hospital staff enough - if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Katy.
The walk begins at 6.30pm, and will be started by Jessica Ennis-Hill.
n Visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/light or call 0114 226 5370 to sign up.