INSPIRING Annette Atkinson completed the race ahead of starting her fourth course of gruelling chemotherapy tomorrow.
The beaming 49-year-old epitomised the spirit of the hundreds taking part in the town’s Race For Life by completing it despite being diagnosed with breast cancer in January this year.
She started her first of six courses of chemotherapy just a month after medics gave her the heart-breaking news and despite being in the middle of the arduous treatment, positive Annette had one thing on her mind yesterday – to complete the race with a smile.
And that’s exactly what she did.
Standing proud alongside her daughter Kayleigh, 22, the mum-of-four told the Mail: “I’m so pleased I came and took part, I’m on a high.”
Battling Annette, who lives in Billingham, has fought the condition from the start and added: “The doctor told me I had cancer, I remember leaving the surgery, going straight to the pub, downing a drink and then thinking right let’s fight this thing.
“And that’s what I’m doing.
“The only way is up for me now, I have to be positive.”
Kayleigh added: “My mum is an amazing person, so inspiring.
“It was brilliant to complete the race with her.”