A brave Ellon nursery nurse who has overcome breast cancer kicked off the Race for Life in Aberdeen on Sunday, June 22.
Karen Gordon revealed it was a bombshell to get the disease at just 26, but from the day she was diagnosed last August, Karen vowed to fight it every step of the way.
She was proud to be chosen as VIP guest at the inspiring event at Beach Esplanade, Kings Links which raised more than £475,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Karen, who has endured chemotherapy and radiotherapy, shared exactly what the race meant to her with a crowd of more than 4,000 runners before sounding the horn to start the race.
She said: “My life was turned upside down when I heard the words cancer.
“It was a big shock as I was so young. I’d urge all women, whatever age to check their breasts regularly.
“Go to your doctor if you’re at all unsure or worried about anything as it might just save your life.
“I’ve been through a horrible year but I’m back at work now and proud to say that I’m cancer free.”
And Karen who completed the 5K with her golden Labrador dog Skye by her side, said she couldn’t have got through it without support from her husband William,27, an offshore technician.
The couple who were childhood sweethearts after meeting at school have been together for 13 years.
She also paid tribute to the dedicated staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where she received her treatment.
Many of the runners who took part in the beach side Race for Life have survived cancer or were inspired to run by a loved one’s battle with the disease.