THEY know they’re going to end up Pretty Muddy but that hasn’t stopped two kind sisters from signing up for a fundraising first to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.
Claire Storey, 29, and her younger sister Heather, 22, have seen their loving mum, Carol, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia twice in the last seven years.
The 56-year-old who is married to Trevor, 57, was treated with chemotherapy and thankfully went into remission after she was first diagnosed in 2006.
But the disease returned in January this year, to the horror of Carol’s caring family.
Carol was told she needed a bone marrow transplant and after testing, her brother, Dennis Turnbull, was found to be a match. She was given the go-ahead for the transplant, which fortunately went well, and is now recovering at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle.
But Claire, Heather and the rest of the family are now well aware of the devastation and worry cancer can cause and are doing their bit to raise cash to beat the deadly disease at the very first Pretty Muddy event this weekend.
The 5k-obstacle course organised by Cancer Research UK is a muddy alternative to the hugely popular Race for Life events. Looking back on the first time her mum was diagnosed, Claire, who works for a waste management company and lives in Billingham, said: “It’s so hard to describe how it feels to be told your mum is suffering with cancer.
“Everything continues as normal around you but you just stop, your world stops.
“But my mum was brilliant, she was so strong and she has been ever since, especially in January when she was told the cancer had returned.
“Even though she went into remission it’s always in the back of your mind that it might come back but I thought my mum was better, it was awful to be told it had returned.”
Claire and Heather, a teacher, have took part in the Race for Life events “loads of times” with other relatives and friends and signed up straight away when they found out about Pretty Muddy.
Herrington Park, in Sunderland, will host the first event of its kind this Sunday, September 8. Jayne Glasgow, Cancer Research UK’s North East events manager, said: “We are really grateful to Claire and Heather for their support. We’re urging other women to follow her lead by signing up for Pretty Muddy as soon as possible.”
Organisers are hoping 1,000 women will take part. To enter Pretty Muddy visit www.prettymuddy.org or call 0845 600 6050.