Staff at a Linlithgow dental practice are in training for the Edinburgh marathon – to help a colleague who was twice stricken with the disease.
Linlithgow Dentalcare has entered three teams for this year’s race in Edinburgh.
The teams are made up of dentists, dental nurses and receptionists.
Former dental nurse Sandra Hutcheon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. After prolonged treatment at Falkirk Royal Infirmary, where she underwent surgery, radio and chemotherapy, she was given the all clear in 2009.
Unfortunately, after further investigations last year, it was discovered that the disease had returned requiring Sandra to have yet further chemotherapy treatment.
Her colleagues then hit upon the idea of running in the 2014 Edinburgh Marathon as a way of raising funds for a local charity, Bosom Buds of Scotland.
The group is a voluntary charity based in West Lothian. A group of friends – two of whom had been diagnosed with tumours – formed the charity in 2009 to help raise money and awareness.
Sandra said: “It’s not been easy at times, particularly having been cancer-free for five years, but I have a great team of medical staff behind me who provide the very best of treatment.
“As for my colleagues at the practice, I really can’t speak highly enough of them.
“In fact, I’d go so far as to say I couldn’t have gotten through this without their support.
“They’re raising funds for a wonderful charity who help people like me – and some a lot younger – who are suffering from cancer.
“They provide very specialised services, including real hair wigs, helping with IVF treatment costs, provide mastectomy bras and arrange for relaxation sessions.”
To support Linlithgow Dentalcare’s marathon effort, a donation box is available in the surgery or online at their Just Giving charity page.