A COURAGEOUS cancer survivor rallied women at Race for Life’s Cancer Slam dance ahead of this summer’s main event.
Jane Mann, 53, from Blacon who was diagnosed with cervical cancer 20 years ago led a team of dancers in Chester city centre and invited shoppers to join in.
The Cancer Slam will be performed by thousands of women as they warm up at Race for Life events around the UK.
Mrs Mann, who runs her own fitness group CLASS Fitness, won her own battle against cancer after a full hysterectomy two decades ago which left her unable to have any more children.
The grandmother recently supported her husband David while he underwent six weeks of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.
Mrs Mann said it was a shock to be diagnosed with cancer.
“But I feel very blessed to have my daughter Jessica, granddaughter Amber and my amazing husband David,” she said.
“Race for Life is an incredible event as it brings so many wonderful women together in one spot with so many different personal stories.
“The Cancer Slam is absolutely great as anyone of any fitness level can join in and have some fun.”
Every hour, around four people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding lifesaving research.
Liz Booth, Race for Life event manager for Chester, said: “We really appreciated the support of amazing Jane in encouraging local women to join in the Cancer Slam dance.
“We were thrilled so many shoppers joined in and got into the Race for Life spirit.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event will be held at Chester Racecourse on Sunday July 20.
It is hoped 3,600 women will raise £150,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Although the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is going up – largely due to the fact that people are living longer and cancer is predominantly a disease of old age – survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.
To enter Race for Life and learn how to do the Cancer Slam, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.
See full story in the Chester Leader