WHEN Lucy Gray takes part in the Race for Life next month it will be the memory of her mum that keeps her running.
Jennet Gray died on March 27, at the age of 59, following an 18-month battle with bowel cancer.
Lucy will take part in the Cancer Research UK Race For Life in Darley Park, Derby, on July 13.
She has taken part before, but this year will be more poignant.
She told the Mail: “Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2012. It had already spread so she was told it had got to the point where they couldn’t offer chemotherapy. She had three rounds in the first year, to no avail.
“Then at the beginning of this year the decision had to be made on whether to carry on with treatment or opt for quality of life. She went with quality of life.
“Just weeks before (her death) she was out and about – she was only really poorly for a week.”
Jennet died at home in Horninglow, Burton, with her family – including husband Stephen – around her.
Lucy, 26, who is a kickboxing instructor in Derby, said: “I did the Race For Life last year in Chesterfield.
“It seems fitting for me to do it with my kickboxing girls this year.
“I’m hoping to get 10 to 15 of my girls to sign up. It’s a charity that is close to a lot of people’s hearts. It’s nice to be able to give something back.”
Jennet was a teacher at Burton’s Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, which was closed on the day of her funeral.
Hundreds of women from Burton and South Derbyshire will be taking part in Race for Life events this month and next.
They include Colleen Millar, from Burton, who will complete it with her nine-year-old daughter.
She said: “I work for Tesco which is sponsoring the event, but I am mainly taking part for my mum and nanna who I lost to cancer at a very early age.”
More details can be found online at raceforlife.org.uk