Video: Norfolk man who beat breast cancer issues Race for Life rallying call
19:13 09 May 2014
A Freethorpe man, who beat breast cancer, has issued a personal plea to women across the county to don their trainers and enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
When Tim Carr, 33, was diagnosed with the disease three years ago he pledged to do everything he could to raise awareness and funds for research into cancer.
Now he has given up his job working with offenders in favour of volunteering for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
The 5k and 10k women-only events, which raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for research each year, will take place at Norfolk Showground over the weekend of May 17 and 18.
He said: “Getting cancer has completely changed the way I look at life. It makes you realise that happiness is what’s important. I’m so grateful for the research that’s helped me I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s incredible work. Race for Life raises millions of pounds every year for research in the UK and I’m honoured to be a part of that this year. It’s an amazing event and I’d encourage both men and women to get involved in any way they can. You don’t even have to be fit to take part.”
Following his diagnosis in July 2011, Mr Carr underwent a mastectomy followed by four months of chemotherapy and three weeks of radiotherapy.
“I was completely shocked when I was diagnosed with cancer because I felt right as rain. I happened to mention I had a lump on my chest when I was at the doctors for something else and I was referred to a specialist. I wasn’t worried because there’s no history of cancer in the family but when they sat me down in a little room after the biopsy I knew it wasn’t good news. Everything after that was a blur.”
“After that I decided to give up work and dedicate as much time as I could to helping others diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to research more people are surviving the disease but far too many lives are still being lost,” he said.
Last year, 6,972 women took part in Race for Life in Norfolk and raised £457,084. This year, organisers hope 7,300 women and girls will stride out to help raise £471,997.
For more information, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.