Grangemouth’s Grace inspires more to Race for Life

Grace with mum Janet and brother Kieran
Grace with mum Janet and brother Kieran

Family and friends of a brave little girl are teaming up for Race for Life again.

Around this time last year, Grangemouth’s Grace Newton was diagnosed with bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma and was about to start the battle of her life.

Now the six-year-old has come through 14 cycles of gruelling chemotherapy and normality is on the horizon.

And one of the aims for the coming year is again to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life this summer, an event that raises millions each year to fund research to cure cancer.

Mum Janet said: “She’s still receiving treatment, but it is nice to know that the chemo is over with.

“But she did find the last two cycles really tough. She had quite a few transfusions and she was struggling a bit.

“But, if all goes to plan, she will get her central line removed, which is a really big thing because that stops her doing a lot of fun things and there’s always a risk of infection.”

It was Grace’s illness that resulted in four generations of her family taking part in Race for Life Falkirk last summer.

But the plans for 2015 are even better.

Janet said: “The Amazing Grace Team will be much bigger this year.

“I would definitely encourage people to take part.

“I hadn’t done anything like it before last year, but it’s a fantastic feeling to know you’ve contributed in a little way to what the charity is trying to do.

“It’s also a very emotional day for lots of people.”