Over a 1,000 women and girls took part in the Race for Life in Middlesbrough in aid of Cancer Research UK.
WHEN Claire McGee’s grandad went for a check up, he thought he had pneumonia.
Nine days later, his family was forced to say their goodbyes.
It was cancer.
“He didn’t have any symptoms, he just thought he was a bit poorly,” said 39-yearold Claire.
On Sunday, along with her 11-year-old daughter Maisie, she took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life.
Around 1,000 others, all with similar heartbreaking stories, joined her.
Among them was Whitby’s Deborah Reddy, who knows how awful cancer is. Her mum and nan both had it.
But yesterday morning, partially down to the good work done by Cancer Research UK, she tackled the 5k course with her mum.
“Thankfully they caught it early and she didn’t have to even have chemotherapy,” said the 33-year-old.
Women of all ages, lots of children and even a few dogs created a sea of pink at Middlesbrough’s Centre Square start line.
Some ran. Others walked. A few were pushed around in wheelchairs.
Together, they defiantly stood up to a disease which an estimated 2.5 million people are living with in Britain.
Funds raised at yesterday’s event will go towards trying to find a cure.
“Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to the women of Middlesbrough running, jogging or walking at Race for Life,” said Harry Hardiker, Cancer Research UK’s Middlesbrough event manager.
“Race for Life isn’t about being the fittest, fastest or first over the finish line - it’s the taking part that counts.”
Runners taking part in the Race for Life in Middlesbrough in aid of Cancer Research UK