Brave Leah to start Race For Life after battling cancer

Brave little Leah Clark with mum Kirsty at the Race for Life in Bury St Edmunds
Brave little Leah Clark with mum Kirsty at the Race for Life in Bury St Edmunds

A four-year old girl who took part in Race for Life during treatment for cancer has been invited back to start the event by its organisers.

Leah Clark, from Rickinghall, raised nearly £2,000 for Cancer Research UK last June in the race.

Now, she and her mother Kirsty will take centre stage at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds on Sunday as they set off the 1,500 participants for this year’s race, before running again themselves.

“After everything Leah has been through we’re really looking forward to starting the race,” said mum Kirsty.

Leah was diagnosed with a rare tissue cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma last year after a scan showed she had a tumour in her abdomen.

She underwent four months of chemotherapy battling the side effects, including hair loss and sickness.

“The treatment was really tough because she was so sick with it,” said Kirsty. “We told Leah that her hair would fall out and that she would grow special princess hair.”

“I don’t know how we got through it but taking part in the race helped because we were doing something positive.

“We want to do it again to continue raising money and supporting one of the charities close to our heart.”

And little Leah can’t wait for Sunday.

“I am really excited about starting the race,” she said. 
“The starter horn is very loud and I think that it will make everyone jump!”

Rachel Parratt, Cancer Research UK’s area event manager said: “We’re delighted that Leah and her mum will be joining us.

“Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking work but, with the help of people like Leah and Kirsty we hope to beat cancer sooner.”