More than 40 women and children will take part in Race for Life as a tribute to brave Lichfield mum Katie Scarbrough.
The 32-year-old mum from Fradley attracted followers from across the globe when she began writing an online diary as a legacy for her children Sophie (5) and Sam (8). She died on May 2 at St Giles Hospice, Whittington.
Katie had hoped to set more than 2,500 runners and walkers off at Sutton Race for Life on Saturday, June 29. Instead the 5k race will be dedicated to her memory with more than 40 people taking part in her honour.
One of Katie’s closest friends, Donna McAtamney from Fradley, said: “Katie’s strength and determination through difficult times has made us all look at our lives differently, treat every day as a gift and cherish those around us.
“Even at her lowest points she put others first and continued the fight which is what we all want to do on her behalf. Every step we take at Race for Life we’ll be thinking of Katie who was a fighter to the end.”
Some team members will be wearing purple wigs to remember Katie who wore the same wig during chemotherapy
Paula Young, spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, who also lives in Fradley, said: “Katie was so looking forward to being our guest of honour at Race for Life that we felt it would be a fitting tribute to dedicate the event to her memory.
“She was an amazing lady and I’m thrilled that so many of her friends have decided to continue her fight by taking part in the event.
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate and Katie wanted to raise awareness of the fact that it can affect people of any age. Only through research can we bring forward the day when all cancers are cured so our message to cancer is ‘watch out – we’re coming to get you’!”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, takes place at 230 venues across the UK throughout the summer to raise millions of pounds for life-saving research.
Organisers hope 5,600 women and girls will take part in 5k and 10k Race for Life events at Sutton Park during the weekend of June 29 and 30 to help raise £335,000.
Paula added: “Participants come in all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness. They are from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.”