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Northampton blogger opens up about mum’s incurable cancer

A Northampton blogger is calling on people to join her at Race for Life after her mother was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Chanelle Bradshaw has taken part in the Cancer Research UK event every year since mum Mandy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.

Mandy thought she had beaten the disease, but last year it returned, this time incurable and having spread to her bones. She has multiple tumors on her spine, pelvis and hips.

Chanelle, 33, said she was now on a mission to make Race for Life the biggest yet in Northampton and would compete in both Pretty Muddy, a mud-splattered obstacle course, the Saturday July 23 and the more traditional 5 km on Sunday. , July 24.

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Registration is open for events at Abington Park, including Pretty Muddy Kids, for boys and girls aged 5-12, on Saturday as well as the 3k and 10k distances on Sunday.

People can visit raceforlife.org to enter and the money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancers, which will help save more lives.

Mandy, 57, who works for West Northamptonshire Council, underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy as well as a right mastectomy and reconstruction the first time she had cancer. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and hormone therapy.

Chanelle said: ‘Mum was really worried about having treatment this time, because of the side effects from before, but then she spoke to someone who told her how the treatment had changed so much in the space of 10 years.



Chanelle Bradshaw with her mother Mandy and daughter Freya

“You obviously need funds to be able to do that, so that’s a big part of why I’m doing Race for Life. It’s very emotional when you’re there.

“It’s in the beginning when everyone’s warming up, they’re playing people’s stories and you see the back signs of everyone, who they’re doing it with – it’s just a feeling that everyone’s there, together , for a reason and there aren’t really any other events that get you that feeling.

“I was sad to see events so quiet last year, but I know people were still worried about Covid. This year, people are ready to go again. We all know someone who has been touched by cancer, so join me in this year’s Run for Life.

“It doesn’t matter if you want to walk, jog, run or participate in Pretty Muddy, what matters is that we are raising as much money as possible to help fight cancer.”

Each year around 29,400 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East Midlands and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will have cancer in their lifetime.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspirational series of 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds each year to help beat cancer by funding research crucial.

This year’s events will follow current government guidelines to protect against COVID-19. Hand sanitizer will be provided at all events.

Michael Jarvis, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Northampton, said: “We are extremely grateful to Chanelle and Mandy for their support. Unfortunately, cancer affects us all in one way or another.



Mandy thought she had beaten the disease, but last year she came back
Mandy thought she had beaten the disease, but last year she came back

“Whether people are living with cancer, participating in honor or in memory of a loved one with cancer, or registering to protect the future of their own children, everyone has a reason to participate in Race for Life.

“So we’re asking people all over the region, ‘Who will you be running for?’

“Our Race for Life events are open to everyone. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady always wins. For others, it’s a jog.

“Others may choose to push themselves harder, take on the 10k distance challenge and even push for a new personal best.

“We look forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities. Race for Life Northampton will be fun, moving, colourful, uplifting and an event to remember this year.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life raises money for world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer , testicular cancer, brain cancer, childhood cancers and leukemia.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said: “This will be our 21st year of partnership with Cancer Research UK and Race for Life, and we hope this year will be our biggest yet.”

To enter, visit raceforlife.org and join Chanelle on the day, contact her via Instagram at @food.and.frolics or email [email protected]

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