A mother of three who battled breast cancer is ready to line up with the starters at the Bramham Fun Run next month.
Hayley Dunlop, who endured three operations and treatment in a year, said she is really looking forward to the event which raises money for Cancer Reasearch at Leeds.
During training to become a midwife at Leeds University the 44-year-old received distressing news after a routine visit to her GP.
“In April 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, a complete shock after walking into the GP’s with a sore nipple and thinking it would be sorted with antibiotics,” said Hayley whose children Euan, Finlay and Lily were ten, seven, and five at the time.
“Following a lumpectomy in May 2010 and biopsy of my nipple and surrounding area, I was diagnosed with Paget’s disease of the nipple. I was advised to have a mastectomy.
“It was my 40th birthday on 22nd July 2010, so following a weekend away with the girls after my lumpectomy and my 40th birthday party on July 17, I had a left mastectomy followed by chemotherapy, which finished in January 2011.”
Hayley’s treatment involved wearing a cooling cap, with a minus five degrees celsius temperature, on her head for more than three hours.
“I found both the chemotherapy and wearing the cooling cap really difficult, however I managed to get through it,” added Hayley.
“The support I had from my husband, Gordon, children, family and friends was fantastic – I couldn’t have done it without them.”
With her children aged 10, 12, and 15, Hayley qualified to be a midwife with a First Class Honours Degree last September and now works at Harrogate District Hospital.
“I find the time I have with my husband, children, family and friends extremely precious and I try to make the most of every single day,” added Hayley.
Hayley and her husband perform in a band called SOLDD in their spare time.
“We perform when we can at local pubs and village halls, as well as Wetherby Grange Rugby Club Ball, playing cover versions of dance/pop, it’s a great hobby.
“Since my diagnosis I have raised money for Cancer Research by holding an afternoon tea party (which raised over £500) and running the Jane Tomlinson 10km twice, once in York in 2011 and recently in Leeds, so hopefully I will be fit and ready to run Bramham Fun Run. I’m really looking forward to the day.”
Bramham Run, sponsored by Beadnall & Copley will take place on Sunday October 5 at Bramham Park, with 10km and 5km routes.
Beadnall Copley founder Andrew Beadnall said: “It is because of stories such as this that I am only too pleased and honoured to be asked again to sponsor this incredibly worthwhile event raising funds for Cancer Research at St James Hospital, Leeds.
“Since our involvement as sponsors £62,000 has been given to Cancer Research UK and I urge everyone who took part in last year’s record-breaking event to support this year’s fun run and bring friends and colleagues with them to enable us to break the 1,000 participant barrier.”
Entry is £8 for adults, £4.50 for children and £19.50 for families (maximum 4 people).
Entry forms from www.bramhamparkfunrun.org.uk or contact Ann Newton on 01937 841470 or 07751 486729.