Karen’s call to Race for Life

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A COURAGEOUS local breast cancer survivor is calling on women to grab their last chance to enter the Cancer Research UK Race for Life.

Karen Dickson, from Arbroath, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago and was given the all clear in October last year.

And with just over a week to go to enter the Dundee Race for Life, Karen is urging mums, daughters, grannies, sisters, friends and workmates to join the fight against cancer by signing up now.

Karen (38) was diagnosed with pre-invasive breast cancer, in November, 2008.

When the mum of two was told she had cancer she was devastated, but it was support from her mum and daughters Ariana (9) and Aleisha (14) that kept her going.

Karen said: “I was shocked at first and couldn’t help fearing the worst. I remember I was very open with my daughters and they were great. When my hair was falling out in clumps I tried to persevere but one day I got home and said I wanted to shave it off so the girls did it for me!”

“I am very grateful to all my family and friends for their support and staff at Ninewells Hospital were fabulous.”

Karen is running the Race for Life for the third time with her daughters, her mum Marilyn and a group of friends.

She added, “Thanks to research, I am still here. Success stories like mine would not be possible without the work of Cancer Research UK.”

Race for Life in Dundee is on Sunday, June 17, at Camperdown Park and women can choose to do the 5k or 10k route.

To enter Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.