Can­cer sur­vivor’s char­ity mis­sion

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A Kirkcud­bright Hos­pi­tal worker is to cy­cle from John O’Groats to Land’s End after get­ting the all clear from breast can­cer.

Alice Car­son wanted to set her­self her big­gest ever chal­lenge after beat­ing the life-threat­en­ing dis­ease.

So the phys­io­ther­a­pist de­cided on the near 1,000 mile Woman v Can­cer End2End event.

The 57-year-old from Twyn­holm said: “I had can­cer my­self last year. I wanted to chal­lenge my­self to get fit again and was think­ing what could I do?

“I fin­ished treat­ment for breast can­cer in Oc­to­ber and when I saw this event I knew I had to com­mit to it. It is a cause close to my heart be­cause of my own ex­pe­ri­ence and also be­cause of those I know, and have known, who have also had breast or ovar­ian can­cer.

“My mother-in-law Lil­ian Car­son passed away from ovar­ian can­cer, aged 78.”

Alice is one of 30 riders go­ing the full dis­tance and rais­ing money for three char­i­ties – Breast Can­cer Care, Ovar­ian Can­cer Ac­tion and Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust.

She added: “A year ago I was in the mid­dle of chemo­ther­apy and go­ing bald – now I am re­ally fit.

“I am so blessed to have had such good treat­ment from the NHS, and a good out­come.

“I have put a lot of ef­fort into get­ting fit for this cy­cle be­cause I want to help other can­cer pa­tients and wanted to do some­thing worth­while to help.

“The sup­port I have from fam­ily and friends has been in­cred­i­ble through­out.”

So far Alice has raised more than £2,200 and starts her lengthy jour­ney on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9. She is due to fin­ish on Fri­day, Septem­ber 20.

She’ll be joined by pal Pheona Kerr, a nurse at the hos­pi­tal, for one day. She’ll cy­cle the Kil­marnock to Dum­fries leg of the tour.

All set Alice Car­son, left, will be ac­com­pa­nied on day one by pal Pheona Kerr

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