A PRESTON mum will be mounting an assault against cancer for the Race for Life Pretty Muddy event in tribute to her ‘beautiful, funny and caring sister’ who died in January.
Lisa Wilson, from Lostock Hall, will be part of a 13-strong team who are taking part in the national challenge on June 18 in memory of her sister Toni Jamieson.
Mum of one Lisa, 45, said the family were devastated at losing, Toni, who died of bladder cancer aged 41. She said had been inspired by Toni’s fight to fundraise for Cancer Research and celebrate her life.
Bank worker Lisa said: “Pretty Muddy is going to be such an emotional day, but Toni was all about her family, her friends, laughter, facing challenges and overcoming obstacles and she will inspire all of us to get through it. It will be a fantastic tribute to her memory.”
Toni, a learning mentor, had been having problems with what was thought to be bladder infections for 12 months before she was diagnosed with cancer.
After repeated visits to the GP, she was eventually referred to hospital for tests which revealed she had a mass on her bladder.
Toni was told that with immediate surgery she may have a one in eight chance of surviving for up to five years.
Lisa, mum to to 11-year-old Finlay added: “My sister Toni was simply an amazing individual. She was beautiful, funny and caring and touched so many people’s lives in a positive way.”
“We hoped that after the initial surgery Toni would defy the odds even though we knew the outlook wasn’t good. She fought her cancer all the way and we were absolutely devastated when she was taken from us in the space of just a few months.”
Toni bravely went through the surgery and despite being told she would need six weeks to recover, was back home with 13-year-old son Blake just 12 days later.
She made a good recovery from the surgery and was busy planning special treats and nights out, when she became ill with a suspected kidney infection.
Toni was re-admitted to hospital and had to undergo further surgery, but became more poorly.
In the run-up to Christmas 2015, tests found the cancer was still present and Toni’s condition deteriorated rapidly - she never returned home. She sadly died in a hospice just six months after being diagnosed with the disease.
Lisa and the team will be taking part in Pretty Muddy Carlisle. A Pretty Muddy event will also be held in Preston’s Avenham Park on Saturday June 18. Race for Life 5k and 10k events will be held at the same venue in Preston on Sunday June 19.
Pretty Muddy is non-competitive. It’s accessible for women who see themselves as couch potatoes as well those who are more GI Janes – the mission for everyone is to show cancer who’s boss.
Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s North West spokeswoman, added: “We hope as many women as possible will rope-in their friends and family and help swell the ranks of Race for Life’s pink army.
“Pretty Muddy promises all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k and 10k events – with lashings of mud, sweat and cheers.
Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the North West.
To enter Race for Life today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770