A BRAVE mum who gave birth to twins despite being told she may never have children after being diagnosed with cancer will be guest of honour at tomorrow’s Race for Life.
Hartlepool woman Clair Sudron was just 30 when she received the devastating news she had breast cancer but four years on she has fought back and is now mum to two-year-old twins Scarlett and Bella.
Inspirational Clair, now 34, has been invited to speak on stage on the front at Seaton Carew on Sunday, July 6 before taking part in the 5k course herself.
“It was a terrible shock when I was diagnosed with cancer,” explained Clair who lives with her partner Steven Herring, 26 and will be taking part in her fourth Race for Life.
“I just couldn’t believe it was happening to me - but here I am three years on, with my beautiful twin girls and I just want people to know that there is life after cancer.”
It was December 2010 when Clair first became unwell.
After finding a lump on her left breast she made an appointment to see her GP and was then referred for tests at the University Hospital of Hartlepool where she got the devastating news that she had breast cancer.
Just a month later Clair, of Milton Road, underwent surgery to have a lumpectomy and began three months of chemotherapy treatment, which was followed by a course of radiotherapy.
Although the treatment left Clair cancer free, doctors warned her that she may reach menopause very early and it was unlikely that she would ever be able to have children.
But despite all the odds - just months later - Clair found out she was pregnant and now almost three years on is a happy mum to two-year-old twins Scarlett and Bella.
Clair, who will be taking part with mum Linda, Steven’s mum Patricia and the two girls who will be pushed around on trikes, said: “We just couldn’t believe it when we realised I was pregnant.
“We are so blessed to have two beautiful little girls. I feel back to full health now and am just really enjoy being a mum.
“Taking part in Race for Life is my way of hitting cancer where it hurts.
“I’m so grateful for the research that’s helped me and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.”
Anna Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s North-East events manager, said: “We’re really grateful to Clair for her support and we’re thrilled to have her as our guest of honour in Hartlepool.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year towards funding life-saving research.
Anna added: “More people in the North East are surviving cancer than ever before. But while we’re heading in the right direction, too many lives are still being lost to the disease.
“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer.
“The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.”
In Hartlepool last year a staggering 1,500 women took part in Cancer Research UK’s event, raising a fantastic £78,028. Organisers are hoping to break the 1,500 barrier again for participants completing the 5k course, which starts at 11am, and have set a fundraising target of £65,000.
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