Feb 28 2013 by Jamie Bowman, Crosby Herald
A DEVOTED daughter will pay a special tribute to her mum, who survived breast cancer, by taking part in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.
Amy Cooper, 24, from Litherland, has urged women of all ages to join her by signing up for events which take place in Southport at Victoria Park on Sunday June 9 and Aintree Racecourse on Sunday June 23.
Amie was just 16 when her mum, Janet Cooper, was told she had breast cancer.
Janet, now 66, found a lump on her left breast and thinking it was probably just a cyst she went along to see her GP.
She was immediately referred to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for a biopsy and it was here that Janet was then given the news that she had breast cancer.
Amie said: “It was a terrible shock when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. I just couldn’t believe it was happening to her.”
Janet underwent surgery to have the lump removed and following her operation, she began radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge Hospital.
Recent university graduate Amie, who has a brother Paul, 41, and sister Sarah, 37, says she will never forget the day she received the news that her mum had cancer.
She said: “I was only 16 at the time and I remember coming home from school and my mum telling me she had breast cancer.
“I was completely devastated.”
That year, just months after her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, Amie took part in her first Race for Life event and has done it ever since.
She added: “I’m so grateful for the research that has helped my mum and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.
“That first year I took part in Race for Life was really very emotional. I was lucky that mum survived, but as I ran round and saw the signs on other peoples' backs it made me think about what could have happened.”
Amie added: “I absolutely love the event and plan to take part every year. Race for Life has a real energy about it and there is such a great atmosphere.”
Last year, 4,261 women took part in Race for Life in Aintree. This year, organisers are hoping to raise £205,000 for vital research.
To enter Race for Life go to www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.