Stepping up to raise vital cash

Sarah will take part in the Moonwalk for cancer awareness
Sarah will take part in the Moonwalk for cancer awareness

A woman who beat cancer is raising money to give something back to the charity that helped her.

Sarah Mccrimmond will take part in the 2016 MoonWalk Scotland challenge that starts and finishes at Holyrood Park on June 11 to raise vital cash for Maggie’s Centres.

The 39-year-old mum of two from Grahamsdyke Street in Bo’ness had been attending the family history clinic for yearly checks because her mum had gone through a mastectomy and breast reconstruction in 2010.

It was at one of these appointments doctors discovered a small lump in Sarah’s breast - so tiny in fact she could not feel it.

Surgeons performed a lumpectomy, but, although it had not spread to her lymph nodes, were not confident they had been able to remove all the cancer.

Last year Sarah underwent a gruelling 14-hour all-in-one mastectomy and reconstruction. When the breast tissue was tested it was found to be riddled with cancer.

Luckily, the cancer was still at an early stage so chemotherapy was not needed, but recovering from the operation was a major task.

It was during her battle to get back to fitness that Sarah heard people talking about the MoonWalk and thought ‘that would be a good thing to do’.

It took her a while to before she felt she was ready to sign up, but she’s now raring to go!

She said: “It was a difficult time, particularly when I was in hospital and not able to see my children.

‘‘Major surgery saps your confidence as well as your strength, but now I’m looking forward to the event.

“I’ve been training and regained my confidence and looking forward to giving something back.

“I am so grateful to the people at the family history clinic for picking things up so soon, and the hospital staff for helping me through it all.

“Now my aim is to raise as much money as I can to to help those affected by breast cancer in the future.”

The first MoonWalk Scotland was organised in 2006 and since then raised almost £19 million.

Each event sees thousands of women - and men - walk through the night wearing decorated bras to raise money for breast cancer causes, covering distances of between 6.5 and 52.4 miles.

The charity has helped build Maggie’s Centres and provide equipment to hospitals across Scotland.