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Guildford cancer survivor takes on Race for Life at Home challenge

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Guildford cancer survivor takes on Race for Life at Home challenge

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:03am 1st May 2020.

A Guilford woman living with incurable cancer is determined to keep supporting Cancer Research UK during the coronavirus crisis. 

32-year-old Nicky Newman and 32-year-old Laura Middleton-Hughes, from Norwich, both have stage four cancer. 

Now they are encouraging people to get involved with the Race for Life at Home challenge. 

Nicky Newman rainbow yoga cancer research uk

The Guildford Race for Life is one of the hundreds of events organised by Cancer Research UK each year, but it has been postponed because of the outbreak. 

Race for Life at Home means people can still take part in the challenge whenever and wherever it suits them. 

Nicky is clocking up the miles on her cross trainer every day and Laura is doing 5k of hula hooping. 

Nicky was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.  

She and husband Alex had been trying for a baby for a year and were halfway through IVF treatment when Nicky found a lump, which was cancerous, then came the news that the cancer was incurable.  

Nicky told Eagle Radio keeping fundraising going for Cancer Research UK is vital for people like her: 

"My diagnosis means I will be on cancer treatment for the rest of my life.

"The idea is to prolong life not cure.

"My first line drugs gave me 19 months of life which I would not have had without the vital research done behind the scenes.

"Stage 4 patients need the hope that more drugs will be made to give us more years with our loved ones.

"It's the hope that keeps us going.

"I sort of live on the hope of research being done that's going to create new drugs for me to give me more years.

"I'm very, very grateful that the treatment I'm having is managing to give me a fairly normal life.

"It's only through continued research and treatment that many people like me can still enjoy a full and active life."

L-R Nicky and Laura SU2C

Through the cancer community, she met Laura and together they formed an online community called Secondary Sisters for people in their position. 

"As for the Race for Life at Home challenge - exercise is not only great for our health but does wonders for our minds.

"Having to self-isolate for 12 weeks is tough, keeping active is certainly helping.

"Have fun with it, get your friends involved, dress up.

"Try and turn your negatives into something positive. 

Last year, Guildford's Race for Life raised over £200,000. 

Find out how to take part at home.