Breast foot forward: friends step up for Bud

Linlithgow Dental care marathon running teams for Bosom Buds
Linlithgow Dental care marathon running teams for Bosom Buds

BUDDY power came to the fore last week as friends and colleagues of a Linlithgow dental nurse stepped out to help raise cash for a breast cancer charity.

Sandra Hucheon prepared to breathe a nervous sigh of relief when she approached a landmark five years free of cancer after a long haul journey through chemotherapy and radiotherapy after breast cancer surgery.

Sandra was devastated to discover during a routine check-up that another lump had appeared.

“It was when I was attending my routine three-monthly check that my doctor found a new lump in my neck,” said Sandra. “It meant another series of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.”

Friends and colleagues at Linlithgow Dentalcare clinic were so moved by Sandra’s strength and fighting spirit that they got together to run a marathon to raise money for the breast cancer charity Bosom Buds, who are a source of support for women going through the rollercoaster ride of emotional and practical ups and downs during treatment. Bosom Buds is a Linlithgow-based charity.

The practice on High Street fielded three teams of four from dentists, dental nurses and receptionists to run in the 2014 Edinburgh Marathon. Together, they raised £2500 for Bosom Buds charity.

Dental receptionist Jayne Mair said: “We’ve been working together for so many years that we are more friends than work colleagues.”

Sandra couldn’t run in the marathon as she is still undergoing treatment but she and her husband were at the finish line to cheer the runners on.

“We were there at the end of the race, cheering everyone on. It’s not just the effort on the day. They had to train hard for it and they also raised so much cash for Bosom Buds too,” said Sandra.