Sprowston breast cancer survivor will join thousands for Race For Life event at Norfolk Showground

After battling breast cancer twice in recent years, Rosalyn Paine will be joining the thousands of women running the Race for Life in Norfolk this weekend.

Rosalyn, from Sprowston, will be taking part in the fun run at the Norfolk Showground alongside her daughter, Louise, and over 9,000 women.

The 58-year-old was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and had lumpectomy surgery to remove the tumour, followed by three weeks of radiotherapy.

She said: 'I was a bit shell-shocked because I really wasn't expecting it. It was a tough time, but I was lucky that I had a lot of support from my family and friends.'

Early this year the cancer recurred in Rosalyn's scar tissue and she underwent another lumpectomy.

It was not the first time her family had suffered a cancer-related trauma either. Rosalyn lost her dad to cancer at the age of 58, and her husband Philip survived bowel cancer after his diagnosis in 1992.

Rosalyn added: 'Without research there can be no progress in the fight against cancer, so it is thanks to research that both Philip and I are alive today.'

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Gemma Turpin, Cancer Research UK's Norfolk spokesman, said: 'It's all of us versus cancer and we need as many women as possible to join the fight as soon as possible.'

In 2011, around 9,500 women took part in the Race for Life in Norwich and helped raise an �580,500. This year, organisers would like even more women to put their best foot forward at the Norfolk Showground this Saturday and Sunday to help towards their cause.

Gemma continued: 'We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Norwich last year and in the past. Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to fund much-needed research.

'But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need them to return to the fight in 2012 and bring new recruits with them.'

To donate to Rosalyn's cause, go to www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/rosalynpaine, or enter the Norwich Race for Life 5k or 10k at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.

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