Race for life: Rugby mum takes on cancer and helps research

Kerry Burton and her daughter Lucy Burton (15) gear up for Race for Life.

Kerry Burton and her daughter Lucy Burton (15) gear up for Race for Life.

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A MUM who is now cancer-free has described her recovery as a ‘miracle’.

But Kerry Burton, 42, is under no illusion that the disease could come back.

She is taking part in the town’s Race for Life and has an amazing 45 team members taking part.

Kerry, who has two children Lucy, 15, and James, 13, said: “It’s some kind of a miracle but I’m under no illusions it could come back.

“I just feel incredibly lucky after having had only bad news for such a long time and now I want to do everything I can to help others beat cancer. If I could beat the record for the biggest team that would be wonderful.”

In December 2008 Kerry underwent eight-and-a-half hours of surgery to remove and then reconstruct her breast after being diagnosed with what was believed to be a ‘non-invasive’ early form of breast cancer. She later learned it was an aggressive grade three ‘triple negative’ type which had spread to her lymph nodes. In 2011 it spread to her lungs, but Kerry has responded to treatment so far.

Race for Life takes place in Rugby on Sunday, July 21, 11.30am, Rugby School. Support Kerry’s team by visiting http://tinyurl.com/cuoxa56