Race for Life as tribute to mum

Lisa with her mum, Cherry
Lisa with her mum, Cherry

A DEVOTED daughter who lost her mum to cancer will be putting her best foot forward in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Lisa Thorp, of Tyldesley, will be trying to raise as much money as possible by taking part in the Race for Life, being held at Tatton Park in Cheshire on June 24.

Although Lisa has chosen to participate in the Tatton Park event, a Race for Life is also being held at Pennington Flash in Leigh on June 10 and at Haigh Hall in Wigan on May 20.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in partnership with Tesco is an amazing women-only series of events, which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer.

Lisa’s mum, Cherry Thorp, began to feel unwell at the start of 2010. But as she had previously suffered a stroke, she assumed it was the after-effects which were making her feel ill.

Then in June of that year, she collapsed at home and was admitted to Salford Royal Hospital for scans.

Cherry was given the devastating news that she had lung cancer and the disease had already spread to her bones.

She was given chemotherapy treatment to help slow the cancer down but, just weeks later, in August 2010, Cherry died aged 67.

Last year, 39-year-old Lisa completed Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life with a group of friends and colleagues – raising more than £1,000.

Lisa said: “I was devastated when my mum was diagnosed with cancer and I miss her dreadfully now. But, she will never be forgotten and by doing Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life I am able to pay a very special tribute to her.

“The Race for Life is a fantastic event. It’s a very emotional day and when you look round and see all the women who are taking part it really hits you just how many of us are affected by cancer.”

This year, organisers want 1,600 women and girls to put their best foot forward in Leigh to raise £95,000.

In 2011, 1,699 women took part in Race for Life in Leigh and raised £88,555.

Debbie McConnell, Cancer Research UK’s Leigh Events Manager, said: “Come on ladies – it’s all of us versus cancer and we need you to join the fight as soon as possible.

“We know many women want to take part in Race for Life but are worried they won’t be able to complete the course. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.”

Visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.