Abigail makes a rallying call to join Race for Life

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A student dental nurse who has survived cancer is making a stand against the disease by running in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Abigail Cooper, aged 20, from Bugbrooke, is issuing the Cancer Research UK rallying cry ‘Cancer, Northampton’s coming to get you’ as she urges women of all ages to sign up for the Abington Park event which takes place on Sunday, June 9.

She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in February last year after visiting her GP with back and chest pains as well as a swollen face.

Tests showed Abigail had a tumour pressing on the main artery of her heart and needed six months of chemotherapy.

“I’m so grateful for the research that has helped me and now I want to encourage as many people as I can to join me and help beat cancer for good.”

Although the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is going up, as people are living longer thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.

Simon Burley, Cancer Research UK’s Northampton events manager, said: “It is an amazing way to celebrate life, but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.

“Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress, but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

“Don’t be fooled by the tutus and tiaras, Race for Life is cancer’s worst nightmare.”