A RUGBY mum is gearing up to take part in Race for Life for the tenth year running in memory of four loved ones.
Louise Hobbs hit the headlines with her 13-year-old daughter Abigail Hobbs when they helped launch Cancer Research UK’s ‘The Answer is Plain’ campaign.
They urged people to sign a petition calling for all branding to be removed from tobacco packaging after Abigail’s father Graeme lost his fight with lung cancer.
Now Louise is back in training for Race for Life at Rugby School on Sunday, July 15.
Louise’s ex-husband Graeme started smoking as a teenager and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 when daughter Abigail was just 11.
He died just seven months later on New Year’s Day 2010, aged 51.
Before then Louise had been taking part in Race for Life in memory of her aunt, uncle and her best friend’s mum, who all died of cancer.
Louise said: “I sadly lost both my aunt Lorna and uncle Alex to cancer - ten and seven years ago respectively - and more recently my best friend’s mum, Judith.
“Then two years ago, we were devastated to lose Abigail’s dad, Graeme. Although we were separated we were still very close.”
She said this is why she feels so passionate about Race for Life.
Louise added: “The messages on people’s back signs make you realise how cancer affects so many lives and the atmosphere on the day is always one of fun and camaraderie.
“I’d encourage anyone who can to join in.”
To sign up for Race for Life event visit raceforlife.org