With just a few days to go until Falkirk’s Race for Life, a brave Kincardine woman is urging fellow females to sign up while they still can.
Sarah McGeever (32) will be taking part in the Cancer Research UK fundraiser at Callendar Park on Sunday to honour her mum who died just last month.
After beating breast cancer four years ago, Sarah’s mum Vivien (59) found out in December that cancer had spread to her bones, lungs and liver. In January a scan confirmed it had spread to her brain.
Vivien fought to the end and was an inspiration to her family.
Now Sarah says her mum’s bravery has made her think differently about her life.
She is realising her dream of training to be a chef at Stirling College and hopes to own a cafe or restaurant one day.
She said: “I wanted to change my life. Cancer has affected our family so much and it helped me to put things in perspective. It feels so good to be doing something I really want to do.”
Sarah’s mum was with her when she was accepted onto the course.
The week after her first shift, Sarah got the call from the hospice to say Vivien had taken a turn for the worse and she died that week.
Sarah added: “It’s so hard sometimes. I want to pick up the phone and tell mum what I did today.
“I don’t think you are ever old enough to lose your mum.”
Last year’s local 5K event raised over £116,00 which went towards funding the charity’s research.
Organisers hope a similar sum can be raised this time and are reminding women they have until midnight tonight to sign up.
Cara Inglis, event manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “We would be thrilled to see more women signing up.”