A YOUNG woman from North Yorkshire who defied medical odds to become pregnant is urging people to take part in Bramham Park Fun Run next month.
Dawn Wild was diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 29 in 2006 after discovering a lump on her breast while on her honeymoon.
Dawn, now 34, is expecting her baby with husband James in October. She said: “It came as a complete shock, the diagnosis changed my life. Chemotherapy was hard.
“Having a baby seems all the more precious and amazing now that it was able to happen despite my experience and the previous aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
“I feel really lucky to have benefited from some wonderful medical care and knowing that I had the best treatments made possible through the work of Cancer Research UK.”
“The fact I could be left infertile was always a worry at the back of my mind but we had to focus on getting me through.”
After a lumpectomy, intense chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drug treatment, Dawn recovered from the cancer.
In 2007, after her gruelling treatment, Dawn returned to work as a research scientist at St James’ Hospital in Leeds.
Dawn, who lives in Skipton, is now urging people to take part in the Bramham Park Fun Run in Wetherby on Sunday, October 9, in aid of Cancer Research at St James’ Hospital.
Last year 490 people took park, raising nearly £6,000 for the charity.
Event organiser Ann Newton said: “The event is open to all, from the most serious runners, to people who just want a stroll in the park.
“Both routes use paths entirely within the park and offer beautiful surroundings and views.
“Participants have returned to our event year on year and brought their friends and family. Anyone who wishes to remember a relative or friend, who has been affected by cancer, can make a statement in support by wearing something pink”.
The event, sponsored by Beadnall Copley estate agents, will see hundreds of people walk 5K or 10K for charity.
Andrew Beadnall, of Beadnall Copley, said: “We are delighted to be the sponsors for this wonderful event, which over the years has raised many thousands of pounds for Cancer Research.
“This dreadful disease affects one in three of all of us and there isn’t a family who has not been touched by cancer.
“This is a great way to help fight the spread of cancer and I would urge all of you to join us in support of the Bramham Park fun run on Sunday 9th October.”
Visit: www.bramhamparkfunrun.org.uk for more details.