Appeal for cancer survivors to take part in Relay for Life

Sally Youngson and Lorna Davidson are appealing for more Relay for Life participants
Sally Youngson and Lorna Davidson are appealing for more Relay for Life participants

TWO local cancer survivors are backing an appeal to get more survivors to sign up for this year’s Relay for Life.

The event takes place on Saturday, July 6 for 24 hours, into Sunday, July 7 at Catto Park.

The relay will begin with a survivors lap round the track which attendees can walk round with a loved one or friend for support.

After the lap, a special reception will be available to participants where they will receive refreshments and a special gift.

On the day, a cancer specialist will be present to show how the money given to Cancer Research is spent and explain the different types of research the charity does.

Sally Youngson was diagnosed with cancer 23 years ago and after going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy, has been cancer free since.

Sally said: “When the doctor told me I had cancer, I just went home and sat in the car in silence. I didn’t know what to say.

“When I was diagnosed there were no support groups, you just had to face it on your own.

“I’d have been glad to have something but now I meet with the support group here once a month and it really helps.”

Fellow group member Lorna Davidson was diagnosed in 2002 and had a double mastectomy three years later and has since been cancer free.

Lorna said: “I had cancelled two mammogram appointments and if I didn’t go the third time I would have had to wait five years for another one.

“That mammogram saved my life and I cannot stress the importance of going for them, however uncomfortable they may be.”

The cancer support group meets at the Albert Hotel on the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm and all are welcome along.

The group are looking for volunteers to help out on the relay day including someone to supervise and serve teas and help with the Candle of Hope.

For more information about the group or relay contact Kathleen Chalmers on 01779 477693 or Chairperson Lorraine Coleman on 07928 342619.

To sign up or get more information on the Relay for Life visit www.cancerresearch.org.uk/relay.