A SHEFFIELD cancer survivor is encouraging women to ditch their heels and pull on their trainers to join her in the fight against cancer .
Jayne Murray, from Tinsley, is taking part in the annual Race for Life event starting at Meadowhall Shopping Centre as she and thousands of other women tell cancer to ‘jog on’.
The 53-year-old operations administrator at Meadowhall was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago after suffering from a persistent cough.
She underwent surgery to remove the lung following her diagnosis and was then treated with chemotherapy for four months following the procedure.
“It’s now a year since I finished all my treatment,” she said.
“I was absolutely devastated when the doctor told me I had cancer, but now I’m determined to show cancer who’s boss.
“I might only have one lung, but there was no way I was going to let that stop me signing up and doing Race for Life for the second time.
“Cancer affects so many of us and it’s thanks to research and treatment that I’m still here today.
“I feel so passionately about recruiting an army of women to join me at this year’s event and want to do everything I can to urge people to enter Race for Life and fight back against this devastating disease.
“If I can do it, anyone can.”
Jayne will be running the race in memory of her aunt, who died from cancer this year.
She will be running with her own daughter Rebecca, 18.
Meadowhall’s events manager, Alex Caley, said: “Race for Life is an exceptional event which unites women of many different ages and from all walks of life together against a common cause - beating cancer.
“We are really pleased our staff such as Jayne, who has shown incredible bravery through adversity, are encouraging others to get involved.”
The Meadowhall 5k Race for life will take place Sunday, May 17.
Entry is £14.00 for women, £10 for girls under 15 and boys under 13 and it is free for children under six.
Money raised goes to Cancer Research UK.
Visit http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event/events/sheffield-5k-2015-05-17-0930.html to book a place.