A Preston Woman diagnosed with cancer last year is marking the anniversary of her diagnosis by fundraising for Rosemere Cancer Unit.
Amy Mills will be joined by over 200 people to virtually run or walk the distance of the Great Wall of China.
On 1st March, Amy’s Army set off on their virtual journey to cover the length of the Great Wall of China, which is 21,196 KM.
They have created a Strava group to record how many miles they have collectively covered.
She created this fundraiser because she wanted to raise awareness of breast cancer and as a chance to do something positive:
“On 28th February 2020, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I couldn’t believe it, I was only 30 years old. It completely turned my world upside down and I felt like I was thrown into a world I knew very little about. After an MRI scan, Full body CT scan & what felt like 5 million biopsies they were confident my cancer hadn’t spread past my lymph nodes and a plan was put into place.
“I had no idea at that point how difficult the next 12 months of my life would be. So rather than spending this day dwelling on how much life has changed or what could have been, I have decided to do something positive and start a fundraiser to raise awareness of this cruel disease.”
Amy’s Army chose the Great Wall of China as their goal because Amy walked that distance many times when she lived there:
“I lived and worked in China for two years and god can only tell you how many times I went to that bloody wall when people came over to visit, It was totally worth it for the toboggan though. So we need as many people as we can onboard to reach our target!”
Amy wanted to give something back to the cancer unit that she has been receiving treatment from this past year:
“I have decided that all the money raised will go directly to the Rosemere Chemotherapy Unit at Royal Preston Hospital. This is where I had all my chemotherapy and continue to have targeted treatment for the next 3 years.
“It’s somewhere that I have spent a lot of time at this past year and I cannot shout enough how wonderful all the nurses and other members of staff there are.
“In a time during covid where I and every other cancer patient have had to face cancer treatment alone, it is the nurses that have been there to reassure me. So I think it’s such a worthy cause.”
She had an uplifting message to share about how she has found strength from this tragic situation:
“This past year I have been very private about my journey and I think that was largely because I didn’t want people feeling sorry for me. Please don’t feel sorry for me. I am still me. Cancer doesn’t define me, it’s just a part of my life I hadn’t planned for.
“I have found strength where I didn’t know I had it and until you are faced with the prospect of death, you don’t realise how much you want to live.”
You can donate here to help Amy’s Army raise as much as possible for the Rosemere Chemotherapy Unit at Royal Preston Hospital.