A BREAST cancer survivor and the wife of a prominent politician joined 4,600 women who took the plunge in Edinburgh this weekend at Race For Life Pretty Muddy.
Fiona Findlay, who is married to Lothians MSP Neil Findlay, was diagnosed with the disease late last year but it now on the road to recovery.
Fiona joined the fight against cancer by taking part in the mud-splattered 5K obstacle course to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
As the Royal Highland Showground event’s VIP starter, Fiona made an emotional speech from the stage which resonated with many of the women who were taking part because they had personal experience of cancer.
Fiona then sounded an airhorn to set off a pink army of more than 4,600 women of all ages, shapes and sizes on obstacles including an inflatable mud slide and scramble net.
She was then joined by seven family members to tackle the course under the team name Fif’s Flowertots.
Fiona, aged 47, of Fauldhouse, West Lothian, said: “I know that so many people took part in Race For Life Pretty Muddy because of a personal cancer experience and I feel so proud and humbled to be part of such a determined effort to beat cancer.
“I hope the day will come when no-one has to suffer because of cancer. By raising funds for Cancer Research UK, we can all do our bit to make that day dawn sooner.”
Fiona, of Fauldhouse, West Lothian, was diagnosed with cancer on 19th November 2015 after she discovered a lump in her right breast.
After receiving the news, Fiona immediately called her husband Neil who rushed home from the Scottish Parliament to be by her side.
Telling her close-knit family she had cancer was an emotional time but Fiona has been able to rely on them for support to keep her feeling as positive as possible.
Fiona was also overwhelmed by the messages of support she received from local people.
Fiona said: “I have received so much support since my cancer diagnosis and I am so relieved to be at the end of my treatment and to be lucky enough to once again enjoy life. Taking part in Pretty Muddy has been another step on my road to recovery.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and marathon events which raises millions of pounds every year to help fund life-saving research.
Last year, a fantastic £2.3 million was raised by Cancer Research UK Race for Life events across Scotland.
Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland* and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 30,200 cases each year.**
Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Scotland. Funds raised will go towards beating more than 200 different types of cancer.
Claire Wase, Cancer Research UK’s event manager for Pretty Muddy Edinburgh said: “It was amazing that Fiona and her team were able to take part in Pretty Muddy. Fiona’s words from the stage really brought it home to everyone why we need to keep up the fight against cancer.
“I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in Pretty Muddy. While sliding around in the mud was a lot of fun, the day was also full of emotion with participants remembering loved ones lost to cancer or celebrating the lives of people dear to them who have survived.”
“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come. Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step-by returning the money they have raised so that we can go on funding much needed research.”