Family's Race for Life to help beat cancer

A family who have been blighted by cancer raised much needed funds for research into the disease by completing a Race for Life.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 4:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 4:32 pm
Katie Blake, third from the left, Sharon Blake, five from the left and Jean Webb, end right, with Genesis staff and friends.

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Blake (56), of Copster Green, completed the Liverpool 5k Race for Life with her mother Jean Webb (84), her daughter Katie Blake (28) and friends.

Katie, who is the owner of Genesis Hair and Beauty in Clitheroe, was also joined by members of staff and a lot of her salon’s clients supported the family helping to bring their fundraising total to £500.

As well as suffering from cancer herself, Sharon’s youngest brother was also diagnosed with Myeloma – a type of cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow - back in 2010. Now defying a terminal diagnosis for eight years after having ground breaking stem cell treatment, Sharon said it just goes to prove how vital and valuable the work of charities like Cancer Research UK is.

Katie Blake, left, Jean Webb, centre, and Sharon Blake, right.

“Without the research people would not be getting these treatments and that’s why we wanted to do this to support future research,” said Sharon, who had an operation for a new hip in December and walked the 5k course with her mum.

As well as Sharon’s youngest brother, both her father-in-law, mother-in-law and ex-husband have all had cancer.

“But everyone is still here and I think it’s important to raise awareness so that people catch it early,” Sharon added.

Look out for information about Genesis Hair and Beauty staging a Macmillan coffee morning at the end of September.