Suzanne gets ready to take to the catwalk

A grandmother from Udny Green has been chosen from hundreds of would-be models to strut her stuff on the catwalk for a local cancer charity.

Suzanne Mowbray will be among 24 women who have all faced a cancer diagnosis when she takes to the stage at Courage on the Catwalk at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on March 30.

The sell-out show, in support of Friends of ANCHOR, celebrates the bravery and inspiration of women whose lives have been directly affected by the disease.

Suzanne, a mother-of-two and grandmother-of-six, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45 in June, 2009.

She received various treatments in the ANCHOR Unit which included radiotherapy, chemotherapy and Herceptin after surgery to remove a tumour in her right breast.

Suzanne had the lump for a year, but did not get it checked until she confided in her daughter, who convinced her to seek medical help.

The information assistant with Aberdeen City Council describes how the diagnosis changed her priorities in life and made her value her family, friends and acquaintances much more.

She said: “I am now more mindful, living in the moment and appreciating each day. I do not hold possessions high on my list of priorities.

“The experience of coming through losing my hair and being so ill is like having a second chance at life which I now try to make the most of.”

Of her Courage on the Catwalk experience Suzanne added: “When I got the call to say I was selected I was thrilled, it’s been a phenomenal experience so far and I can’t wait to show others out there that it’s possible to get through this.

“I’ve had two years of treatment since June 2009 and it was very difficult time. That said, I am one of the lucky ones as I am now cancer free and only need to go for check-ups every two years.”

Sarah-Jane Hogg, Friends of ANCHOR fund-raising manager, said: “We are delighted to have Suzanne as one of our chosen Courage on the Catwalk models.

“She is one incredibly tenacious and inspirational lady and we can’t wait to celebrate with her friends and family as she takes her rightful place as one of our models on the catwalk next month.”

You can donate on Suzanne’s Just Giving page

All 1,100 tickets for catwalk event sold out within 24 hours of the model line-up being announced.

The charity now needs support through raffle donations to help with the main fund-raising drive on the day.