Family’s tribute to mum who lost cancer battle

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The annual Run in the Park is a regular highlight for Andrew Mumford and his young sons, but the event will hold a special poignance for them this year…

Mum Louise lost her battle with cancer 14 months ago, so next month the family will complete the run as usual – but in tribute to her.

“We’re looking forward to continuing the tradition and taking part this year in Louise’s honour. She was a very special woman who touched the lives of many,” said Andrew.

Louise, a teaching assistant at Mundella Primary School, was diagnosed with skin cancer in January 2010, aged 40, and she took part in her first Run in the Park a few months later, along with Andrew, Sam, now 13, and Ben, 11.

She underwent chemotherapy and radio therapy, but the cancer spread and became terminal.

During that time she was treated at Weston Park Hospital, where staff also supported the rest of the family.

Said Andrew: “It’s not until you’re affected by cancer that you realise all the hard work and money that goes into the treatment. It’s a colossal amount, so we will continue to support the Weston Park Cancer Charity and the great work it does.”

The popular Run in the Park takes place in Graves Park, Sheffield, on Sunday, July 14, and is suitable for runners of all ages and abilities. It includes a 10k race and a 3k fun run.

For details visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 226 5370.