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I will survive - the woman diagnosed with cancer just before she ran the Race for Life to help fight the illness

Louise Boycott from Oldham signed up to run the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research and then found she had the disease.

Louise had started training for the race after friends and family were diagnosed.

But now she knows she will benefit too.

Our correspondent Rachel Townsend reports:

Oldham mum diagnosed with cancer just days after signing up for the Race for Life

Louise and her daughter training for the Race for Life Credit: Manchester Evening News

Fighting cancer is a cause close to Louise Boycott's heart.

But when the 43-year-old, from Oldham, signed up for the Race for Life with her local Weight Watchers group, she had no idea that just days later she would be forced to take on the disease herself.

Louise, who is mum to three-year-old Abigail, was waiting for the results of a routine smear test when she was given the devastating news that she had cervical cancer.

Diagnosed in February, she said she hadn't suffered any symptoms or felt unwell.

Louise said: “Thank God for that smear test or else I would never have known. I thought my life had been turned upside down.

“When you hear cancer you think that’s it, I’m going to die.

“My daughter Abigail is three and every time I looked at her I just thought that’s it, I’m not going to be here to watch her grow up.”

Louise and friends at Heaton Park's Race for Life. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Thankfully Louise's tumour was spotted early and she underwent surgery to have it successfully removed.

She is now on the road to recovery and has returned to work as an officer merchandiser.

“I thought there would be absolutely no chance of me doing the race but I feel absolutely fine now.

“It’s really funny. Everyone was like 'you’ll feel so much better after the operation' but I never had any problems or symptoms to start with.

“It’s so important that we try and raise money to find a cure for this horrible thing.

“I had signed up for the race the week before and now we were doing this race for me."

– Louise Boycott

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Callum's song to inspire

Every year thousands of women up and down the UK don their trainers for the Race for Life - to raise money for Cancer Research.

But what if you're a man and you want to do your bit to help?

Team Dawn at the Race for Life Credit: Team Dawn

Callum Dalloway, a 21 year old music student from Manchester, found a solution to the problem.

He decided to write a song to show support for a close friend who's battling the illness.

Support for the campaign Credit: Team Dawn

To find about more about Callum and Team Dawn, visit their Facebook page here.

And you can get involved with Race for Life by visiting their website.

Team dawn fund raising Credit: Team Dawn
Run Together on stage Credit: Team Dawn

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Toddler to set off Race for Life at Tatton Park

A two-year-old who has survived cancer will sound an air horn to start Cancer Research UK's Race for Life at Tatton Park today.

Emilie Austin, and her mum Becky Austin from Cheadle Hulme, will be the guests of honour at the event at Tatton Park.

Race for Life Credit: ITV Granada

They will set off a formidable army of more than 2,600 women on their way round the 5k route to raise money for Cancer Research UK's pioneering work.

Among the sea of women will be many who have survived cancer themselves or are participating in memory or celebration of loved ones whose lives has been touched by the disease.

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life is a women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.

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