A TERMINALLY ill woman is to cut the ribbon for a fundraising walk.
Kate Harding, who suffers from a rare cancer called myxoid liposarcoma, will mark the start of the Chirk Castle 10K charity walk by cutting the ribbon.
The event on Sunday will raise money for the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry (Rjah) Bone Cancer Centre Appeal, which has provided treatment for Kate for many years.
Kate, 36, who is originally from Queensferry but now lives in Tattenhall near Chester, has been raising funds for organisations that have helped her in her struggle.
The 35-year-old is battling her third bout of the disease but doctors have said the latest tumour is incurable.
Kate said: “I’m fundraising as it’s a charity close to my heart, having been supported by them myself for several years.
“I’m currently having chemotherapy at their network hospital, The Christie
in Manchester. I will be honoured to cut the ribbon to mark the start of the event next Sunday.”
Kate was first diagnosed in 2008 when she was on a gap year in Australia and had to stay for 14 months for treatment after a 15cm (6-inch) diameter tumour was found in her leg.
She added: “My oncologist was on a fellowship there and, when I was fit to fly, she treated me back at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry and she is still with me now.
“I was in remission for about two-and-a-half or three years and then last April I found a lump in my back and it had come back so I had that removed.”
She said she then found out that the cancer had returned at the bottom of her spine, and that it was incurable.
Kate said: “I thought that since it’s my third diagnosis and I haven’t done much personally to fundraise since being so closely involved with cancer, then now may be a good time.
“Plus it’s another excuse to highlight the disease and its effects, not just for me as a patient, but also family, friends and loved ones.”
Her partner, Saffron Sparkles, said: “It would be an honour for Kate to be able to cut the start ribbon.
“It will give her a chance to thank people for supporting the event and see the lovely staff who have been so supportive of the both of us these last five and a half years.”
To donate, visit www. justgiving.com/katescancerjourney