This Mother’s Day (11 March). A Wigan woman who lost her mum to cancer has been inspired to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. In tribute to her mum.
Andrea Hall has pledged to take part in the Race for Life in memory of her mother Iris Hall. Andrea is urging others to sign up for the event in Wigan on 23 May or in Greater Manchester in July.
Iris Hall, a mum-of-two and grandmother-of-one. sadly lost her life to a rare form of cancer that developed in her throat area four days before Christmas. After a 12-month battle with the disease. She was 72 years old.
Andrea spelt out the word ‘mum’ on Race for Life back signs to show the importance of banding together on this special day. Taking a positive action to remember a loved one. She is encouraging other daughters, sisters, mums and grandmothers to follow her lead and sign up to Race for Life
Cancer Research UK holds a Race for Life 5k event at Haigh Hall in Wigan on Wednesday 23 May at 7pm. As well as a 5K at Pennington Flash in Leigh on Sunday June 3 at 11am. There is also a 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy 5K obstacle course in Manchester at Heaton Park on the 14 and 15 July
Many women will be taking part with their mums while others will be participating to honour their memory, just like Andrea.
Andrea took part in Race for Life Pretty Muddy at Heaton Park in Manchester with work colleagues last year. Three days after being told her mum had cancer in her throat area.
Andrea’s mum Iris was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in January last year. Iris was treated with surgery and radiotherapy and was recovering at home. Then in July Iris was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer that developed in her throat area.
After finishing the chemotherapy. Iris and her husband Eric along with Andrea and sister Erica were given the devastating news. That the treatment had not worked and that Iris had around 12 months to live.
Iris took the decision not to have any further treatment as there was only a slim chance of it working and she wanted to spend some quality time with her family. Andrea’s sister Erica came over from Canada to spend some time with her.
Iris remained very poorly and in addition to the cancer suffered a bout of pneumonia, dehydration and high calcium levels. In November Iris had to be readmitted to hospital for a collapsed lung from the tumour pressing down on her lungs. She spent over four weeksin hospital. Where she was told she had two months to live.
Andrea said: “Even through all this Mum still never moaned or complained. She kept her sense of humour through everything and was such a strong brave lady.
“Less than two weeks after being told had around two months left. My lovely, brave mum lost her battle and passed away on December 21 – four days before Christmas.
My experience means I understand all too clearly why Cancer Research UK’s work is so important. So I’m urging women in Wigan and Greater Manchester to show their support and take on Race for Life because every participant can help make a real difference.
“I’m so proud to sign up to Race for Life and I’m determined to do all that I can to help raise money for life-saving research.”