Brymbo cancer survivor to lead Race for Life

Published date: 24 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A WOMAN who survived cancer has been invited to be guest of honour at Wrexham’s Race for Life.

Jordan Percival, 22, was diagnosed with lymphoma shortly before her 21st birthday but beat the disease and is now set to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event at Alyn Waters Country Park, Llay, on Sunday, June 8.

Jordan, of Brymbo, who is now in remission, wants every woman in the area to join her in the event.

Jordan, who works in Asda, Wrexham, said: “It was a terrible shock when I was diagnosed with cancer.

“I just couldn’t believe it was happening to me. But once I knew what I was dealing with I knew I had to get on with it and I took each day at a time.

“It all started when I found a lump under my arm one morning. I made a GP appointment and I was given a course of antibiotics.

“A week later I made another appointment and was given a further dose.

“On the third visit, the GP saw the lump had grown and made an appointment with the hospital that morning.

“After three biopsies, I was told I had a lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system.

“Although I heard the doctor speak to me, it was just noise that came out of his mouth. Everything seemed to be numb.

“It is just worst-case scenario and you simply don’t expect to hear those words.

“I didn’t allow myself to think about it too much though, I just got on with my life.

“My nan had been in a hospice at the time and she was dying. We couldn’t tell her what was going on – it was a difficult time for everyone.

“I made an appointment with my cousin who is a hairdresser to have my head shaved and then had six cycles of chemotherapy. It was tough, though I consider myself lucky that I didn’t have to have prolonged treatment.

“Taking part in the Race for Life is my way of fighting back against cancer.

“ I’m now in remission and just recently I lost my grandad to the disease.

“It’s strange when you are told that what you have done is inspirational but I am honoured to have been chosen.

“I’m now back at work full-time and starting volunteering at Tanyfron School next week. I’m back on track and I couldn’t be happier.”

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 life-saving research.

Liz Booth, Cancer Research UK’s Wrexham events manager, said: “There are more than 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk and we mean every word we say. Cancer: Wrexham is coming to get you.

“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.”

Wrexham’s Race for Life will take place on Sunday, June 8, at Alyn Water Country Park, Llay New Road, Llay, starting at 11am.

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