Race for Life turns Exeter pink!

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:33am

Monday saw Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life team with the help of cancer survivor Lyndsey Balsdon, Snap Fitness, and Starbucks, paint the town pink across various locations in the City of Exeter.

The team at Snap Fitness took part in the event by holding a Spinathon. Starbucks also supported the event by handing out Race for Life Coffee cup holders to all their customers, and they even managed to turn their Coffee pink for the day to support such a fantastic cause.

Cancer survivor Lyndsey, now 19-years-old from Okehampton, was five-years-old when she was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Rhabdomyosarcoma, diagnosed in Bristol where, she heard the news a  tumour had wrapped itself around the optical nerve behind her left eye.  

Lyndsey lived in the Royal Bristol Children's Hospital for 3 months, whilst up there she had to have Chemotherapy for 3  days straight with 3 weeks between treatments for 9 months, during my treatment Lyndsey lost all her hair and  went completely blind but luckily woke up one morning and the eye sight had come back in her right eye but only partially.  

Lyndsey had to travel everyday for 6 weeks from Okehampton to Bristol for radiotherapy, after 9 months of treatment and further months of been regularly checked and having MRI scans I was given all the all clear. Lyndsey is now committed to helping Cancer Research UK anyway she can. Lyndsey will be helping to Launch Exeter Race for Life on the 11th May in Princesshay.

Vicki Turner, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager, said: “The support of Exeter’s’ business’s has been simply fantastic, and we really appreciate their support.

“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. You don’t need to be sporty to take part. You don’t have to train, and you certainly don’t need to compete against anyone else.

"It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer, the Exeter event is on the 20/21st July 2019, at Exeter Westpoint, and the route follows the paths and fields around the showground with lovely views of the countryside to be taken in.

"The terrain is a mix of tarmac and grass fields.There are lots of opportunities for supporters to cheer on their loved ones and the whole event has a fantastic atmosphere."

Join now with your friends and family: https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/