Harrison Murray's Jill joins Race for Life to raise cancer awareness

Harrison Murray's Jill Swales and daughter KathrynDespite a continuing fight against breast cancer, brave mum Jill Swales will be raising awareness of the disease at this year’s Race For Life event.

Jill, who works for Harrison Murray Surveyors in Market Harborough, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2010 – after experiencing pain in her breast.

Tests revealed a 36mm lump, and a three-month intensive course of chemotherapy followed. Jill (44) said: “It came as a complete shock, but I’ve had amazing support from family and friends and remained positive throughout the treatment.

“Staff at both the Glenfield and Leicester Royal Infirmary hospitals have also been fantastic.”

Jill, whose family has a history of breast cancer, is now hoping to raise awareness of the disease by taking part in the Race For Life at Leicester’s Western Park on Sunday, 10 July – and boost funds for Cancer Research UK.

Her 20-year-old daughter Kathryn will be taking part in the 5km event with her mum.

Jill – who has carried on working throughout her treatment - said: “We already have our pink outfits, and this event will be a first for me. I’m so keen to raise awareness of cancer, breast cancer in particular, and to encourage people not to be afraid to talk about it openly.”

Harrison Murray has sponsored Jill for her efforts. Residential managing director Nick Salmon said: “Jill is a remarkable lady and her positive attitude and determination is an inspiration to us all. We wish her all the very best with her ongoing recovery and the Race For Life.”

If you would like to sponsor Jill visit http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/jillswales1066

Image: Harrison Murray’s Jill Swales and daughter Kathryn – hoping the family’s inspirational story will help raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for Cancer Research UK.