A Kibworth cancer survivor is putting on her “war paint” and calling on women to join the fight against the disease by signing up for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
Aileen Collins (39), from Kibworth Beauchamp, wants mums, daughters, grans, friends and colleagues to unite and form a pink army at the Race for Life 5km, 10km and Pretty Muddy events taking place this summer.
She joined other runners at Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre on Sunday to help spread the message.
Three years ago Aileen was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent radiotherapy treatment.
She said: “I never for one minute thought that I had cancer. I didn’t feel ill at all, as I’d been running marathons and competing in triathlons.
“It came as a total shock.”
“Getting back to my ‘normal’ became my ultimate aim. I focused upon being able to compete the Great North Run in Newcastle in to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
“Having a cancer diagnosis does change you. It makes you appreciate every day.
“Thanks to research and treatment I’m still here today.
“Now I’m determined to do everything I can to recruit an army of women to join me at this year’s event. I can’t wait to take part in Race for Life and show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a women-only series of 5km, 10km, Pretty Muddy and marathon events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 different types of cancer. The Pretty Muddy runs are shorter but include obstacle courses.
Jane Redman, a spokesman for the Leicester branch of Cancer Research UK, said: “Every hour, three people are diagnosed with cancer in the East Midlands.
“That’s why we are calling on the brave ladies of Leicestershire to help make this year’s Race for Life our best ever. It doesn’t matter how fit or fast you are because Race for Life is not competitive.
“We urge local women to sign up today.”
Cancer Research UK is hosting a Pretty Muddy run at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough on Sunday, May 17.
The Race for Life events take place in Victoria Park, Leicester, on Sunday, July 5.
The 5km run is at 10.30am and the 10km event at 2pm.
There will also be a run Loughborough town centre at 11am on Sunday, July 19.
For more information, or to sign up to the Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org or phone 0300 1230770.