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Reaching for the finish line in memory of Mum

Sunday, March 6, 2016, was an extra-special Mother’s Day for NWCR fundraiser Abby Harding.

Abby Harding was inspired to raise money for NWCR by her mum Eileen’s brave battle with cancer.

Inspired by the care and treatment given to her mum during an arduous battle with cancer, the 28-year-old marketing manager proudly popped on a hat in the shape of a horse’s head and ran round Aintree Racecourse for North West Cancer Research’s Canter for Cancer.

Abby said her mum Eileen had almost reached the finishing line in her recovery from cancer.

But she stressed: “Without the NHS and the amazing doctors and nurses – and without the continued research funded by people like North West Cancer Research – we may not have even got to the starting line. We could have lost that race before we even began.”

Abby, who’s from Formby, was one of thousands who took part in Canter for Cancer. All were supporting the cutting-edge research funded by North West Cancer Research and carried out by scientists in the North West of England and North Wales.

“The day that mum told me she had cancer was the worst day of my life,” said Abby.

“You immediately think of all the worst outcomes. I was getting married a few months later but this eclipsed everything.”

Eileen’s family rallied to her side as she underwent chemotherapy and, while she still faces more treatment, Abby remains confident.

“We all know more operations will be tough but she’s braver and stronger than anyone I know and I have complete belief that the NHS will get her there. They’ve been outstanding,” she added.

Like Eileen, many mums, dads, sons and daughters throughout the North West of England and North Wales are bravely confronting cancer.

But fundraisers like Abby – whether they collect thousands or just a few pounds – make a real impact on the continuing fight for a cancer-free future.

If you’d like to join in this battle, please email Bobby Magee on bobby@nwcr.org or call 0151 709 2919.

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