Inspirational Valerie Midgley has signed up for this year’s Race for Life to ‘give something back’ to Cancer Research UK.
The 53-year-old, of Waindale Crescent, Mount Tabor, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and spent 18 months receiving treatment.
She had agressive chemotherapy treatment - six rounds - before surgery and then further chemotherapy and radiotherapy before going into remission.
Mrs Midgley, who also did the race last year, will join five friends and family to pound the 5k course at Savile Park on July 22 to boost the coffers of the cancer charity.
She said: “I feel fitter and better this year. Last year I still walked and jogged. I don’t want to walk this year. I think it’s very important. It’s the old ‘give something back’. It’s the charity that’s soing the research and there are advances all the time. Twenty or thirty years back, I probably wouldn’t be here now.”
Mrs Midgley said the diagnosis was terrifying but she was helped by support from her friends and family, including her daughter, a nurse at Calderdale Royal Hospital’s Macmillan unit.
“It’s very difficult initially to get your head around it. You think the absolutely worst quite honestly. And then I think you have to sort of pull yourself together and get on with it.
“It definitely changes your outlook. You have to make the most of things and live for today. Not think ‘in 20 years’ time I’ll do things’. Make plans and do them now.”
The group has decided to fund-raise themselves for the race and raised more than £600 by organising a Castle Carr walk. She thanked the Schofield family for the use of the land and the Terry and Debbie Pinder, of The Delvers pub, who organised the food and raffle. Tickets are still being sold for another raffle.
To buy, contact Mrs Midgley on 01422 242089.