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Mum who told her story to Race for Life Cambridge crowd is told she’s cancer-free a day later


By Paul Brackley


A mum who spoke on stage and rang the starting bell at Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Race For Life on Sunday was told the following day that she was cancer-free.

Samantha with daughter Chloe, who is taking part in Race for Life Cambridge 2019 (13491222)
Samantha with daughter Chloe, who is taking part in Race for Life Cambridge 2019 (13491222)

Samantha Ambrose, 45, who underwent breast cancer surgery just three weeks ago, went on stage at the event alongside her eldest daughter Chloe, 24, to tell her story with 4,500 participants. After an anxious 24-hour wait, Samantha got the all-clear from her consultant at Addenbrooke’s.

Samantha, from Bottisham, said: “What an amazing day Sunday was. It was so moving to see so many people come together all united in a shared goal of raising funds to help fight cancer. We were happy to help and hopefully inspire people to get involved for Cancer Research UK.

“It was such an emotional day for me and my family as I was anxiously waiting for my results. I’m still recovering from surgery but I wanted to be there to support Chloe as she, and the family, have been such a tremendous support for me since my diagnosis. It was tough going out there and sharing my story in front of thousands of people but we are a very positive family and that kept me going through the day.

Race for Life - 2019..Picture - Richard Marsham. (13501301)
Race for Life - 2019..Picture - Richard Marsham. (13501301)

“The funny thing was my breast consultant was at the race and he knew my results. On Monday, I went to see him and he has given me the all-clear. I still have to have some further treatment and that is being decided at the moment, but I’m so relieved and just so grateful for the love, support and care I have received from everyone.”

Samantha, who had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after discovering a lump in her breast, also supported work colleagues at the event, which featured a 5K and 10K.

Patrick Keely, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Cambridge, said: “I’m so pleased that Samantha and her family can at last celebrate some good news. They have been fantastic in sharing their story and encouraging people to take part in Race For Life and when you hear news like this, it helps to motivate everyone to keep going in the fight against cancer.

Race for Life - 2019..Picture - Richard Marsham. (13501315)
Race for Life - 2019..Picture - Richard Marsham. (13501315)

“This year, Cambridge Race For Life raised over £225,000 which is a staggering amount of money which we can now use to fund vital research that saves lives – including clinical trials which give patients in Cambridge access to the latest treatments. One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.”

The charity’s life-saving work relies on public support, which helped it to spend more than £54million last year in Cambridge, home to the world-leading CRUK Cambridge Institute.

Samantha with daughter Chloe, who is taking part in Race for Life Cambridge 2019 (13491209)
Samantha with daughter Chloe, who is taking part in Race for Life Cambridge 2019 (13491209)

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