Gearing up to help fight cancer together

131613'Ready for this years Race for Life are pals,from left,Maggie Ward,Chrissie Winspear and Kath Hudson.(Misssing from pic are Diane Blackman,Ruth Marley and Maggie Berry)'Picture by Neil Silk'16/04/13
131613'Ready for this years Race for Life are pals,from left,Maggie Ward,Chrissie Winspear and Kath Hudson.(Misssing from pic are Diane Blackman,Ruth Marley and Maggie Berry)'Picture by Neil Silk'16/04/13
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A Scarborough woman who has battled breast cancer is stepping out with her friends to take part in this year’s Race for Life.

Kath Hudson, of Hutton Buscel, says she decided to take part in the Cancer Research fundraiser after losing three good friends to cancer in the past two years.

Having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Kath has undergone surgery at York Hospital and radiotherapy in Leeds.

She is currently part of a drugs trial, through York Hospital, for a drug called Ibis II.

Back in 2010, Kath was able to hand over more than £1,000 to York Hospital’s breast care nurses following various live music fundraising events in Scarborough.

A donation of £600 was raised at her husband Pete’s 60th birthday party, when he asked for donations rather than presents.

Kath is now hoping to raise a good amount for Cancer Research by taking part in the 5K Race for Life on July 17.

She said: “One of my friends has done Race for Life before. I said next time let me know and I’ll come with you!

“I thought if I could raise £50 it would be great - but I’ve got sponsorship of almost £500 so far.

“I’ve been telling people I don’t want coins, I want paper!”

Kath, 62, will be taking part with her friends Diane Blackman, Maggie Ward, Ruth Marley and Chrissie Winspear, with Maggie Berry as her “support team”.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been down to watch in the past and I thought why not just do it!

“We’re all going to do it together and we’re all set with our T-shirts. I’m going to put the names of my friend I’ve lost on the back.”

Kath says that health-wise she is doing well and is keen to make people aware of the importance of regular breast checks.

She explained: “I was diagnosed from a routine mammogram, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to have them.”

Kath added that the drugs trial has been going well so far and that she has just over another year to go.

She has to go to York Hospital for check ups twice a year and will continue to be seen for five years after the drugs trial.

Entries are now open for Scarborough’s Race for Life 2013, which takes place in North Bay at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 17.

Women and girls of all ages are invited to sign up for the event by going to www.raceforlife.org or calling 0845 600 6050.