Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cancer Survivor Kim Signs Up for Race to Help Others; Race for Life Mum of Two Will Compete in 5k Run for Charity

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cancer Survivor Kim Signs Up for Race to Help Others; Race for Life Mum of Two Will Compete in 5k Run for Charity

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Byline: By Audrey Barton Health Correspondent

A COURAGEOUS mum-of-two who has survived cancer twice is helping to launch Cancer Research UK's Race for Life and is inviting other women from the regions to join her.

Kim Henderson, 41, from Whitley Bay, will be one of the first to register for the Newcastle Race for Life event during the regional launch today.

Kim, who underwent a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia, said: "I feel like running onto the street to get everyone to do their bit to help beat cancer. By signing up and raising money for Cancer Research UK you can help give people with cancer a chance to survive."

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life 2008 is the UK's largest women only fundraising event where women of all ages and fitness levels are invited to come together to walk, jog or run 5k and raise money to help beat cancer.

Kim has been compelled to take part after she was diagnosed with cancer in October 2005, aged 39.

The mother-of-two had just finished breastfeeding her then 10-month-old son Sidney and had been feeling tired, with flu-like symptoms, for a while. Then one morning she felt very dizzy when she got out of bed and noticed that her gums were bleeding.

Kim went to see her GP, who did some blood tests and referred her to the RVI in Newcastle where a consultant confirmed her worst fears.

"I already had a feeling that it would be leukaemia but hearing the words was a shock. I felt stunned," she said. "The consultant explained that I'd need a bone marrow test so they could give me the right form of chemotherapy. Then she explained what the treatment would involve."

Kim had to arrange for her family to care for her sons Mitchell, now 12, and Sidney, now three, as she spent the next five weeks in hospital, having chemotherapy. …

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