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Popular consultant and mum died aged just 41

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

  • Staff from Queen's Hospital will take part in the Race For Life in memory of a former colleague.

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A GROUP of 30 women who work at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital are taking part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Sutton Coldfield on Saturday in memory of a former consultant who died from breast cancer.

Karen Parry, a consultant at the hospital for around seven years, died in December at the age of 41 following a 12-month battle 
with the illness.

Her friends and colleagues have described the mum-of-three her as a remarkable and amazing women.

Friend, Jo Farger, a sister in the hospital’s accident and emergency department told the Mail: “Karen found a lump and got it investigated as she was concerned it could be cancer. Then it developed into bone cancer. “She did come back to work after treatment but then had to go off again.”

The team of 30 will be called Karen’s Angels and will include doctors, a GP, nurses and receptionists.

Jo said: “Karen was caring, considerate and thoughtful, a gorgeous person inside and out. “If I ever needed to be looked after I would want her looking after me.

“She was the best consultant going.”

Linda Land, who also works at the hospital, is taking part and hopes to raise £1,000 after being given the all-clear for cancer.

The team have invited Karen’s husband and children to watch them take part in the event.

Race For Life events will take place across the region this month and next and will see thousands of women taking part.

Everyone has their own reasons for taking part, with many having lost a loved one to cancer. Entrants are invited to write the name of someone who has been affected by cancer on a bib and pin it to their top.

More information on events taking place in the Midlands can be found at raceforlife.org.uk

As well as 5k and 10k races, last year they also introduced an obstacle course.

Mail reporters Helen Kreft, Laura Hammond and Sarah Bould will all be taking part in the Race For Life at Darley Park in Derby next month.

If you have a story behind why you have signed up you can get in touch with us.

Contact the Newsdesk on 01283 524853. We would also love you to send us your pictures from the event.

In the UK someone is told every two minutes that they have cancer.

Cancer Research UK relies on funding from such events.

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