The sky’s the limit for lady racing for life

Sonya Smith, will do a skydive and the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research.
Sonya Smith, will do a skydive and the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research.

The sky’s the limit for a local lady who will go on to take part in Halifax’s Race for Life - Cancer Research charity run.

Sonya Smith, 33, of Sowerby Bridge, will make a journey east, this Sunday, where she will then head upwards; ascending above the clouds before she launches out of an aeroplane, at 15,000 feet high, to fund raise to find treatments and cures for cancer.

Halifax's Race for Life, for Cancer Research UK, at Savile Park.

Halifax's Race for Life, for Cancer Research UK, at Savile Park.

“I think when the plane doors open that’s when the nerves will kick in.

“But I’ll only be scared for five or ten minutes - people diagnosed with cancer and their families are have to live with fear for weeks; months; sometimes years.”

The adrenaline won’t stop in Lancashire. On Sunday July 21, Sonya, along with thousands of females, will take part in the Halifax 5k Race for Life - starting from Savile Park at 10am.

Sonya will jump and race for her friend Mary, of Hebden Bridge, who, two-years-ago, was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, this inspired Sonya to shave her hair to raise awareness and money to help Mary and other breast cancer sufferers which, in the UK, affects one woman in eight throughout her lifetime.

Sonya and Mary were able to complete Halifax Race for Life 2012 together; as Mary’s cancer was in remission. Sadly, Mary’s cancer has returned. This has motivated Sonya to take a bigger leap - out of a plane, for the first time.

“Cancer affects so many people in life - be it directly or indirectly and in this day and age with the technology and resources available surely it can’t be long until we find cures against cancer.”

To date, Sonya has raised £142.50 and hopes to raise more over the coming weeks. Donations can be made to www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/sonyasmith5.

There’s still time to join the fight against cancer: register raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org