THE proud daughters of a man who died from cancer are among those taking part in this year's Wirral Race For Life.

Neal Marsh first became unwell towards the end of 2000 when he was suffering with pain in his back.

The pain persisted and he went along to see his GP and was sent for tests at Arrowe Park Hospital. It was here that Neal and his wife Geraldine were given the devastating news that he had bowel cancer.

Just one month after his diagnosis, Neal lost his battle to the disease in December 2000 aged 54.

His daughters Amy, 17, and Sam, 36, are among 1,500 signed up for the Globe-backed Race For Life in Birkenhead Park on Sunday, July 27.

It is the girls' way of saying thank you for the care their father received.

Amy, 17, said: "I was just a toddler when dad was first diagnosed with cancer - so I don't remember anything about, but him and mum had been married for 24 years and it came as a massive shock to her and the rest of the family. They were completely devastated.

"It has been really difficult growing up without a dad but my family always talk about him and tell me lots about him.

"Taking part in Race for Life is my way of fighting back against cancer for taking my dad. I miss him every day.

"It's always an incredibly emotional event, but I know dad would be proud of me and that by taking part I’ll be helping other families have more precious time with their loved ones.

"That's why I want women in the Wirral to join me, because united we are stronger than this terrible disease."

This year, organisers need 3,600 women and girls to stride out in the Wirral to help raise £350,000.

The Globe has been the event's official newspaper since 2006.

To add your name to the list of those signed up, visit or call 0845 600 6050.