Recovering Trowbridge woman on course for cancer charity boost

Recovering cancer patient Jade Francis is continuing to push her fitness regime for next month’s Bath Half Marathon.

Miss Francis, 24, from Trowbridge, was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in March last year and had two operations and radiotherapy.

She is now in remission.

She will run the 13.1-mile course on March 2 as part of the Path2Bath Teenage Cancer Trust Team to raise money towards the building of the first specialist cancer unit for young people across the South West.

The £2.5million unit is being built at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, where Miss Francis had eight weeks of radiotherapy, and will cater for people aged 16 to 24.

Miss Francis, a property manager, said: “Even though I am at the high end of the age group I would have liked to have been with people nearer my age.

"I have not made friends younger than 30 years old and it would have been nice to chat with someone my own age and take the focus off the scary bits.”

She has been training with her father, John, and his friend Neville Town, who will join her in the race along with her youth worker, Vicky Britton.

She added: “I have kicked up my training the last few weeks. I have been running, swimming and playing squash.

Every Saturday I take part in the 5km park run in Southwick and have beaten my personal best every time. “My body has been through a lot and I am surprised how strong it is.”


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