Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Come and Join Us on Our Day of Hope

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Come and Join Us on Our Day of Hope

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Byline: By DAVE ROBSON

EIGHT cancer survivors today issue a "come and join us" call for people to join Redcar's Relay For Life fundraiser.

This weekend's event will see teams walk, jog or run round a course at Redcar Rugby Club to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer, remember those who have passed away and honour the courage of loved ones.

It kicks off at noon on Saturday with a lap of honour by people who have survived the disease.

At least 21 teams will then take to the pitch for 24 hours, when team-mates take turns to run or walk around, making sure there is at least one member on the track at all times.

As the relay runs through the night, team members not on the track can take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents, which will be set up around the outside of the pitch.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be family fun.

And in what's sure to be one of the most emotional spots, a Candle of Hope Ceremony will be held at dusk on Saturday, when messages for loved ones are placed in special sacks with flickering candles inside them, to be placed on the stands at the Rugby Club.

To publicise the event, eight cancer survivors, all from Redcar, got together for a pre-relay photo call.

The survivors (left to right) are: 1 RON ATKINSON, 69: Suspected gall bladder problems in 2005 turned out to be colon cancer for this dad of two and grandad of three. He has been treated successfully with surgery and chemotherapy.

2 BRENDA COASTER, 64: Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, she was treated successfully with a lumpectomy followed by a mastectomy, then chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Brenda has three children and nine grandchildren.

3 DAVIDA NICHOLSON, 66: Mum of six and gran of seven, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 after routine cancer screening. Treated successfully with two lumpectomies and radio therapy. …

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