Christine is race guest of honour

A Luddenden Foot cancer survivor is rallying women to join her in the fight against the disease by entering Halifax’s Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 5k or 10k.

Christine Taylor, 51, will be guest of honour at the 5k Race for Life event at Savile Park on July 19.

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2010.

She had chemotherapy from February to August 2010 followed by radiotherapy, and then had surgery to remove her rectum and have a temporary stoma fitted.

She said: “Having cancer was devastating. It hits you in a big way but I got through it an I look at things differently now. My family has been brilliant, so has the hospital and the support has been great.”

Her cancer is now in remission.

Christine, who works as a support worker for adults with challenging behaviour, took part in her first Race for Life in 2012 - when she was well enough to run and was joined by her daughter Samantha, 20.

She has continued to enter Race for Life ever since and this year she will share her story with the crowd on the day.

“Taking part in Race for Life is my way of hitting cancer where it hurts. I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.”

Every day, 77 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire. Cancer Research UK is calling on women to fight back against the disease by signing up to Race for Life.