A step to raising awareness

Michelle defeated cancer and is now raising awareness
Michelle defeated cancer and is now raising awareness

A BRAVE young woman who battled cervical cancer has organised a special fundraising walk.

Michelle McKenna (nee McGinley) was only 28-years-old when she was given the shocking news she had the disease in July last year - just three weeks after she got married.

Michelle had gone to her doctor after experiencing some irregular bleeding. Her last smear test, a screening method to detect pre-cancerous cells, had come back clear the year before.

After being diagnosed Michelle underwent surgery and had part of her cervix removed with the tumour and lymph nodes. She has now been given the all clear and to celebrate has arranged a cervical cancer awareness walk around Strathclyde Park on Saturday.

Michelle, who works for North Lanarkshire Council’s trading standards department, said: “I hope to use the walk to create some publicity for the national cervical cancer awareness week which runs from January 22-28.

“I want to encourage people to remember to go for smear tests.

“Doing something like the walk is a bit of fun and a good way of getting people talking about cervical cancer.

“All the ladies who attend will wear pink pants over there trousers which helps to create a fun and topical event. I expect between 100 to 200 ladies, babies, dogs and possibly a few men to take part.”

The walk starts in the fourth car park at the water sports centre in Strathclyde Park at 1pm. Everyone is welcome.

You can donate at Michelle’s Just Giving page with the first £500 going to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and anything over that amount to The Beatson Pebble Appeal.