Naomi will be starter for race
YOUNG cancer sufferer Naomi Thomas is preparing to start a fundraising race in aid of Force – and is appealing for more people to take part.
Naomi, of Sidmouth, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 26 and says she feels extremely honoured to be asked to initiate proceedings on September 9 at Powderham Castle.
There is not just one race on the day but several – the 5k and 10k races, and for the first time this year a 10k bike ride.
There is also a family fun run and there is still time to enter the events, which are being sponsored by accountancy firm Francis Clark, and supported by the Bike Shed.
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For Naomi, starting the race is a way of saying thank you to Force which has helped her since her cancer was diagnosed in 2009.
She said: "I was just 26 when I was diagnosed so I had no idea what was about to happen to me, and how my life would change.
"I first went to Force on the day I discussed treatment for my cancer at the hospital."
Naomi was given help and advice about her illness and treatment and also very practical help at the hospital.
She said: "While you are having your treatment intravenously these lovely chatty, bubbly ladies come around and offer you tea, coffee, squash and the best bit of all sweets!
"My chemotherapy used to make my mouth taste of metal.
"Offering these sweets to the patients really took the horrid taste away.
"I got a real taste for sherbet lemons."
Naomi got the all-clear but within a year was told the cancer had returned, this time in her bones.
She said: "Once it spreads there is nothing they can do for me except try to stop it from spreading further for as long as possible. I had just had my first child so for me it was a big knock.
"I am currently working on a book at Force which is going to be written to my son.
"It will include information and photographs about my life. There will be things that maybe my parents or my husband didn't know about me from my childhood, but it will all be laid out in this book. I hope that my son will therefore grow up knowing exactly who his mummy was."
Naomi has been raising money for Force for some time.