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Restaurant owner hopes to cook up support for Wirral Race For Life
A RESTAURANT owner who survived breast cancer is among the hundreds signed up to take part in this year's Wirral Race for Life.
Jackie Davies, from Hoylake, is urging as many women as possible to sign up for the Globe-backed event in Birkenhead Park on Sunday, July 21.
In 2010, after discovering a lump in her left breast Jackie, owner of Julian's Restaurant in Hoylake, went along to see her GP.
The 47-year-old was referred to Clatterbridge Hospital for tests and it was here that she was was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer.
Jackie underwent surgery to have a mastectomy and the surrounding lymph nodes removed. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed.
She continues to have regular scans and yearly mammograms and is currently looking into having breast reconstruction surgery.
Jackie, who is married to chef Julian, said: "When I found the lump I knew I had to go to see my doctor straight away.
"It was a very difficult time but I’m so lucky that I’ve got such a supportive husband, family, friends and customers who all helped me get through it."
Jackie first took part in the Race for Life in 2011, describing it as 'an amazing event' and plans to take part every year.
She added; "Taking part in Race for Life is my way of fighting back against cancer.
"I'm so grateful for the research that has helped me and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work."
Last year, 3,911 women took part in Race for Life in the Wirral. So far, more than 300 have signed up for the July 21 event.
Organisers need 4,000 women and girls to stride out to help raise £175,000 for vital research.
Laura Taylor, Cancer Research UK's Wirral events manager, said: "Race for Life 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."
To take part, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.