Starter’s orders for survivor Lily

TEAMING UP ... Relay For Life organiser Ann Walsh and cancer survivor Lily Slater, who will start this year's marathon at Monkton Stadium.
TEAMING UP ... Relay For Life organiser Ann Walsh and cancer survivor Lily Slater, who will start this year's marathon at Monkton Stadium.

A YOUNG cancer survivor will officially launch a charity marathon set to raise more than £50,000.

Lily Slater had to undergo 14 months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2007.

Lily Slater with Relay for Life organiser Ann Walsh at Monkton Stadium

Lily Slater with Relay for Life organiser Ann Walsh at Monkton Stadium

That treatment has thankfully ended, but seven-year-old Lily still has to receive daily growth hormones by mouth and injection.

Lily will again cut a ribbon to launch the Cancer Research UK Relay for Life at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow, on Saturday, July 16.

Watching Lily start the charity relay – which last year raised £51,000 for vital cancer research – will be her parents, Shirley and Glyn Slater, plus her twin sister, Willow, from Boldon Colliery.

Mrs Slater said: “Lily has cut the ribbon to start the relay for the last three years, and she really looks forward to it.

“Our family loves supporting the event, and the girls like being there at the start of the relay.”

The annual charity challenge will take place over July 16 and 17, with teams running continuously for 22 hours.

Dozens of teams have already signed up for the fundraising marathon, which is organised by Ann Walsh, a teacher at Epinay Business and Enterprise School, Jarrow, who has seen her family affected by cancer.

She said: “Lily is a great example of a cancer survivor, and we are looking forward to seeing her cutting the ribbon again to launch this year’s relay.”

The Relay for Life includes a moving candlelit ceremony around the Jarrow athletic track, when charity champs remember those family members and friends lost to cancer.

Any team wishing to take part in the Relay for Life, which starts at 11am, should call Mrs Walsh on 536 8562 or e-mail: annwalsh11@aol.com

terry.kelly@northeast-press.co.uk