Cancer survivor Wendy Hartley once faced death but is now urging people to follow her lead and take up the running challenge.
The former estate agent this week appealed to people to join in the fun of the Bramham Park Run in October in a bid to raise funds to beat the disease which affects one in three people.
“Each year I enter the Race for Life,” said Wendy who co-founded Beadnall and Copley with Wetherby estate agent Andrew Beadnall.
“The first year I walked for me at Ripley whilst undergoing chemo, now I start the Bramham Park Fun Run for everyone, thanks to Andrew Beadnall who has supported cancer charities throughout his working life and continues to do so.”
Wendy recalled that ten years ago, after returning from holiday, she went to for a check up as she had a slight puckering to her right breast.
“I was referred to Harrogate Hospital and received the news nobody wants to hear.
“Things moved very quickly and within two weeks I had my breast removed and then began the course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.”
She said she concentrated all her efforts on getting well with help from her husband Mark, family, friends and colleagues.
“Ten years on I’ve now gone back to work and live life to the full.
“My health and good fortune are due to the knowledge, skills and care of Harrogate Hospital, the Macmillan Team, my sister Lisa who is a Marie Curie nurse, my employers, who were so supportive and my ‘foot soldiers’ … they know who they are.”
Wendy reflected: “The cancer made me realise that life is for living, however long or however short and I have taken so many positives from the whole experience.
“I have met people along the journey who in their own special way have inspired me.
“I’ve made some wonderful new friendships and had a lot of fun.Now I feel part of a very special club and for anyone reading this, about to commence their treatments I can only tell you that from my own personal experience it wasn’t nearly as hard as I’d envisaged.
“Yes there were days when I was low but there were more highs than lows.”
Former business partner and sponsor of the Bramham Park Run, which will take place on October 6, Andrew Beadnall said: “Wendy’s underlying message is one of positvity.”
For details of the event - 5k, 10k or walk -contact Ann Newton, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bramhamparkfunrun.org.uk or Beadnall Copley, 01937 580850.