Grandmother is inspiration for family of racers

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A GRANDMOTHER who is being treated for a form of blood cancer is taking part in this year’s Rugby Race for Life.

Janet Fountain, 78, will be joined by three generations of her family for the 5k event on July 31.

Her family say she is an inspiration and they will be with her every step of the way during the women-only race.

Janet will be joined by daughter Sandra Eadon, 51, granddaughter Tracey Eadon, 31, and great-granddaughter Zoe Stewart, 13.

“I was 35 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer,” said her daughter Sandra, 51, of Pickard Close, Rugby.

“It runs in my family.”

Sandra was treated at Rugby’s Hospital of St Cross and has been in remission since her treatment.

“I had just come back from Canada and I went to a well person clinic because I was concerned about anaemia. They sent me for no end of tests and in the end I collapsed and was rushed into hospital.”

Sandra had bowel cancer.

“I had a third of my bowel removed,” she said.

She was treated at Rugby’s Hospital of St Cross and says everyone who helped her was amazing.

“My father Bernard Thomas died from bowel cancer. I’ve got three sisters with the gene and one sister without the gene. My brother had the gene and went through exactly the same operation as I did.”

She said various aunts and uncles have had the disease, including her stepdad Tony Fountain, who died from kidney cancer.

Sandra said: “My mum is an inspiration and we are all so proud of her. We would urge others to sign up for such an amazing cause.”

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For more information about Race for Life telephone 0871 641 1111.