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Bournemouth mother plans half marathon for breast cancer

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Sue Andress

You might think Sue Andress from Bournemouth has enough on her plate, being a full-time carer and having a daughter who is severely asthmatic. But, in a cruel twist of fate, she is also battling breast cancer.

However the inspirational 50-something remains upbeat and positive. And now she plans to tackle the Dream Challenges’ Walk the Night on July 14 to raise funds for essential research into not just breast cancer but prostate cancer too.

The unique and fun walk takes place through London, taking in some of the capitals famous landmarks at night.

Sue said: “The word ‘cancer’ conjures up such a stigma that is automatically associated with death. It is terrifying when you hear it mentioned by doctors, and for my children it meant that they automatically assumed the worse was going to happen. I wish there was another word for cancer that was treatable so that psychologically there is less worry and stigma attached to it.

“For me, I could adjust and find the strength to get on with it, but for my children I think they thought that I was hiding something when I said it was treatable. I could see how helpless they felt when they were watching me go through my chemo, but I’m extremely proud of both of them and how well they coped. My husband, Mike, was also invaluable in the support and love he showed me.”

Sue also wants to take part in the event to show her appreciation to the free treatment she received on the NHS, including a mastectomy and a gruelling round of chemo.

As for her outfit for Walk the Night, Sue tells us to look out for her crazy costume. “After going through cancer, I think bring it on I’m going to be and look as crazy as I would like!”

To find out more about taking part in Dream Challenges’ Walk the Night event, visit www.dream-challenges.com

Fact file

Dream Challenges work closely with charity partners to offer the public a fantastic range of fundraising challenges, both in the UK and overseas. Established nearly 20 years ago, participants have raised millions of pounds for charity, and undertaken some incredible, life-changing challenges.

In 2018 the first Walk the Night will take place in London to raise funds to support people affected by Breast and Prostate cancer. The challenge is on to walk a full or half marathon around London at night. The challenge is open to both men and women and all the funds raised will be split equally between Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK. In order to take part – participants are asked to pay a registration fee of £45 when they sign up and to fundraise a minimum of £199. To register, visit www.dream-challenges.com. Open to adults aged 16 and over.

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