BRAVE mum Carly Liddell tackled three miles of running - just seven months after being told she had cervical cancer.
And in an emotional twist, she did the whole course with her 14-month-old Willow who was born just before she had to have a hysterectomy.
Carly told how her daughter was the inspiration to keep going and described her little girl as “my blessing.”
The courageous mum 27, joined 1,500 runners for the Seaton Carew Race for Life and admitted the last year had been a rollercoaster.
First, Carly, who is married to customer services manager Craig Liddell, 32, had her daughter Willow 14 months ago and her life seemed perfect.
Then, at Christmas last year, she got the diagnosis that she had cervical cancer.
Billingham resident Carly said: “People always think getting cancer is the worst thing possible and you do think you are going to die but I found out that there ways of helping you. I thought it was the end of the world but I had my friends and my family - and I have the best friends and family in the world.”
Carly had a full hysterectomy and was told recently that she has the all-clear from cancer.
It meant she could repay all the people who had helped her by tackling the run.
But her biggest relief is that she had her precious daughter Willow before she had to have the hysterectomy - and there was no way she was running without the person who inspired her all the way.
“She is 14 months now and she is my blessing. I had her,” said Carly.
Carly and 25 friends ran the course under the joint name of Carly’s Dolls.
Thanks to a previous fundraising evening that they also held, they amassed around £3,500 for Cancer Research.
Just as inspirational was Helen Caveney, 34, who runs a hairdressing salon in the Throston area.
Helen is five months pregnant but still tackled the course. “The doctor told me I could do it as long as I only walked,” said Helen.
Joining her were friends Lisa Atkinson, 35, a carer, Diane Cheal, an account manager, 37, and Lisa’s daughter Lily Atkinson, aged seven.
“Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, “ said Helen. “This year, we decided we would do something about it and make our own contribution.”
The friends hoped to raise more than £200 for Cancer Research.