AN EXTRAORDINARY girl and her mum gave their encouragement to the participants in the Race for Life in Leigh.
Eight-year-old Georgia Kelly and her mum Karen were given the honour of sounding the air horn to start the 5k race at Pennington Flash for Cancer Research UK, after speaking about her own story.
Georgia and Karen then took part in the event with a gang of more than 55 friends and family members called Team Georgia.
Georgia, from Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and underwent surgery to remove the tumour and part of her skull followed by a further operation to insert a plate in her skull.
Georgia also had a second tumour in her abdomen, which had calcified. Within a few weeks of her surgery, more lumps appeared on her skull.
Test results eventually revealed that Georgia had neuroblastoma. She began chemotherapy immediately and was enrolled in a clinical trial.
She had a stem cell transplant, 14 doses of radiotherapy and 20 weeks of immunotherapy treatment and has been cancer-free for two years.
Many other participants have encountered similar stories, or simply took part to show their support.
Pennington Flash was a riot of pink, with women in fairy wings, wigs and tu-tus. There was even Tinkerbell the pony, trotting along with members of Slimming World Atherton.
Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s North West spokeswoman, said: “Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer like Georgia’s.
“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come - so ladies, it’s time to pull on your leggings, join the pink army and get ready to Race for Life.”
It is hoped the women and girls in Leigh will rally together to help raise money for vital research.
Places are still available at Race for Life at Wigan’s Haigh Hall next Sunday.
To enter go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.