Mother-of-two takes on obstacle course for charity months after going into remission
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A Lowestoft mother-of-two will take part in an obstacle course to raise money for charity three months after going into remission from cervical cancer.
Laura Chase, 32, of Carlton Square, Carlton Colville, will take part in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Pretty Muddy on Saturday, June 24.
The five-kilometre course will see Mrs Chase scramble over an A-frame and through a mud pit along with close friends and family.
Mrs Chase said: 'I want to raise money for Cancer Research for all they do. They make a real difference and help save lives.'
The mother-of-two praised regular cervical screenings that women between 25-49 should attend every three years.
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She said: 'My smear saved my life and I want to encourage women to attend their smears.
'I was lucky because otherwise I wouldn't have known. Within three years I had gone from a normal and healthy cervix to having stage two cancer which had spread to my pelvis.'
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Before being diagnosed with cancer Mrs Chase had been a keen runner but side effects caused by her treatment meant she was unable to run. Now three months into remission after under-going chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy, she says she wants to 'give something back'.
She said: 'I may be walking more than running but I am planning to jog and give it as much as I can.'
Mrs Chase found Cancer Research's online forum particularly supportive. She said: 'It is a good place to get your feelings out and find out it is normal to feel the way you feel.
'My family and friends were very supportive but it is hard to understand if you haven't been through it.'
Among women in the UK, cervical cancer is the 13th most common cancer with 52pc of cases diagnosed in women aged under 45.
All the proceeds from the race at Trinity Park, Ipswich, will go towards helping Cancer Research UK in its efforts to beat cancer.
More information on Pretty Muddy courses and ways to get involved can be found at: raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/about-our-events/pretty-muddy.You can donate to and support Cancer Research via Laura's fundraising page at: fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/lauras-team-105.