Breast cancer sufferer ready to tick off two ambitions on her bucket list when she does Race for Life

Julie White

Julie White with, from left, Ann Collins, Nad Walker and Judy Sheppard

Julie White's bucket list

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , news feature writer

A WOMAN with breast cancer has drawn up her very own bucket list — and will achieve two of her 10 ambitions when she takes part in next month’s Race for Life.

Julie White, aged 46, is battling cancer for the second time.

The mum-of-two was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 after she found a lump in her right breast.

She was sent for tests at the Royal Bolton Hospital by her GP.

Mrs White, from Little Lever, received the devastating news that she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy.

Following surgery, she began six months of chemotherapy treatment.

She continued to go for regular scans and check-ups but at the beginning of this year Mrs White was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in the same side of her chest despite the masectomy.

Mrs White is currently midway through 18 weeks of chemotherapy at The Christie in Manchester.

She said: “I am really upset the cancer has come back a second time but I have no choice other than to fight it and I am very positive.”

This year the customer service advisor will be taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Leverhulme park, Bolton, for the first time, along with three of her friends. They will all be walking the course.

And she has set herself the target of raising £1,000 as part of her “bucket list” and is already half way to her goal.

She said: “Taking part in Race for Life is my way of hitting cancer where it hurts.

“I’m so grateful for the research that’s helped me and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.

“I decided to write up the bucket list to focus my mind. I know I am not going to live forever so thought I’d put together a list of simple things I would like to do before I die.

“Nothing too crazy, just things like go camping as I’ve never been before.

Mrs White is also urging women who have had a mastectomy to still check that side for lumps.

She said: “I had been told previously that my cancer was aggressive and there was no cure for the type I had, so the likelihood it would come back was high.

“But despite that when it did return I was shocked.

“A lot of people think that you can’t get breast cancer when you’ve had a mastectomy but you can, so I would urge people to check that side too.”

To sponsor Mrs White, visit justgiving.com/juliewhite50.

Take part in the race

  • Race for Life will take place in Leverhulme Park, on July 6. This year, organisers in Bolton need 1,800 women and girls to stride out to help raise £105,000.
  • To enter Race for Life’s 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy events in the North West visit raceforlife.org or call 0845 6006050.

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