Eileen stands proud with family

Eileen Harris (top left) with Lisa Wood and grandchildren Geoffrey and Grace Wood
Eileen Harris (top left) with Lisa Wood and grandchildren Geoffrey and Grace Wood

PROUD grandmother Eileen Harris has been battling an aggressive form of cancer for five years.

Throughout her life she has lived in the south of England, but last year moved to Seaton Carew to be close to her grandchildren.

And yesterday loving Eileen stood proud alongside them and her daughter Lisa Wood, 43, on the starting line.

After completing the race with Lisa, and grandchildren, Grace, seven, and Jeffrey, six, she told the Mail: “I moved to Seaton Carew to be with these people who mean so much to me.

“So to complete this race with them is just fantastic.”

Eileen is currently in remission, but requires constant check-ups to ensure the aggressive cancer she has been battling has not returned.

She also suffers from diabetes, but remarkably still found the strength to complete the race.

The retired psychiatric nurse said: “I just live from day to day, I think that’s all you can do.

“I just hope that one day I can be given the all clear.”

Eileen, who lives in Elmtree Park, in Seaton Carew, with husband Ernie, 68, added: “When I was first diagnosed with cancer I was living on my own and it was a very lonely time.

“I have since married Ernie and now live near to my family who live in Stockton, I love it here.”