Cambridge cancer specialist ready for Race for Life

A Cambridge oncologist combines doctoral work, caring for her two young children and fitness as she prepares to compete in Race for Life.

Dr Sara Lightowlers, 35, straps Saffia, three, and Samir, one, to a racing buggy every weekday morning and drives them from the house, off Mill Road, to nursery, then continues on to at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute.

Currently retired from clinical practice, Sara is preparing a doctorate and is trying to understand the biological bases of the response to radiotherapy in breast cancer.

She is receiving funding through a clinical fellowship from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre.

Sara will join other researchers and supporters of the association at the start line of Race for Life at Jesus Green on Sunday 03 July.

Women, men and children can visit to participate in a 5k or 10k.

Each year around 37,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will have cancer in their lifetime.

Money raised from Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives.

Sara will be running 5k with Saffia and Samir in the racing buggy and hopes her work at Cambridge can inspire more people to fundraise.

She said: ‘I have seen in my clinical work that some of the research funded by Cancer Research UK is resulting in important things that help people with cancer.

“For some patients, we give them a treatment that will cure their cancer, a hopeful and inspiring thing to do.

“For people with incurable cancer, it is really important to take care of them and help them live better and longer, giving meaning and meaning to their lives.

“All the money we raise through Race for Life will make a difference in people’s lives today and for generations to come.”

Sara is a proud Race for Life supporter, having first competed in the Cambridge event 10 years ago.

She said: “It’s a really friendly and relaxed environment, a good bonding experience and lots of fun.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a series of events that raise millions of pounds each year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

Michael Jarvis, spokesman for Cancer Research UK in the East of England, said: “We are grateful to Sara, and of course Saffia and Samir, for their support.”

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