A Bridlington woman who was diagnosed with cancer in January is encouraging everyone afflicted with the disease to try and stay positive – and to support cancer research.
Margaret Pollard, 67, who lives off Sewerby Road, was devastated to find out in January that she had an agressive form of breast cancer.
She said: “When I was told, it was terrible. But I’ve got my faith, and that has helped me through. And I want to say to other people, they can wear bright colours, they can wear daft wigs if they want to.
“But it’s really important to help support cancer research. Every person reacts differently to the treatments, which is why it’s so difficult to find a cure.
“As soon as they heard about my illness my grandson Bryan who’s 10 and my grandaughter Rebecca who’s 13 asked if they could run the Race for Life in my name. I’m not allowed to run it, the doctors won’t let me, so my daughter is going to run it with them.”
Bryan Usher, who lives in Ulrome and attends Bay Primary, will run with his cousin Rebecca Bush and her mum, Mrs Pollard’s eldest daughter Debbie. They live in Nottingham, and will visit for the weekend. They’ve already raised over £300, and hope to make it more.
Mrs Pollard said: “I’m grateful to the support I’ve had from Martongate Church, Christ Church, the Lions, and Bridlington Town Football Club.
“I hope as many people as possible will take part in the Race for Life on June 23, or if they can’t take part, sponsor somebody, so that we can help find a cure for cancer.”
Once again the Bridlington Race for Life will take place in the lovely setting of Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Last year 1,514 women took part locally, raising the amazing total of £76,000. But this year organisers are hoping to do even better, aiming for 1,600 participants and a hefty £80,000.
To enter Race for Life and help the charity achieve this total - and move a bit closer to finding treatments and eventually cures for cancer - visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.