NEXT Sunday’s Race For Life at Nowton Park will have a special significance for Larissa Davey, 15, after her mum was diagnosed with tonsil cancer just two months ago.
Larissa, a student at Thurston Community College, will be running with her godmother Melissa Jull and already has £750 pledged to Cancer Research UK.
Mum Shelley, 41, from Woolpit, first became aware of a problem when the lymph nodes in her neck swelled up six months ago.
A biopsy showed there were cancerous secondaries and doctors discovered the primary cancer was in Shelley’s tonsil which was removed.
The nurse at West Suffolk Hospital’s ear nose and throat department, said: “It was a shock, there was no sore throat. It is one of those rare things.
A couple of hours after we were told, Larissa said she wanted to run the Race For Life and I think it’s her way of coping.
Shellie has had radiotherapy and chemotherapy and now faces a two-month wait to see how well she has responded to the treatment.
She said: “My colleagues at work were stunned but very supportive.”
Larissa said: “I did the Race For Life two years ago but it wasn’t quite so close to home. I’ve been amazed at how generous people have been.”
Melissa, who is also a nurse and has worked with Shellie, added: “It was a big shock to everybody. I just wanted to take part to show our support.”
To sponsor Larissa go to www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/larissadavey
The Bury Free Press is also entering a team in memory of colleague Cath Le Maire. To sponsore them, go to www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/teambfp