Gallery: Ipswich mum-of-three and cancer survivor Zoe Allen urges people to join her in Boxing Day walk for Cancer Research UK
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An Ipswich mum-of-three who has survived cancer will be giving it some welly on Boxing Day for a cancer charity.
Zoe Allen, who is in remission from bowel cancer, will be joined by her loving family when taking part in a fundraising festive walk for Cancer Research UK, which is urging people to round up family and friends, decorate their wellies and walk anywhere, any distance, on Boxing Day.
Mrs Allen will be joined by her three children Kai, 17, Jude, nine, and Leni-Rose, four – who was born five weeks early so her mum could begin life-saving cancer treatment after she was diagnosed with bowel cancer while pregnant in 2009.
She was declared cancer free after radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy in 2010.
The brave mum said: “It’s thanks to research into cancer that I’m here to enjoy Christmas with my loved ones. When I heard about the welly walk it was such a simple idea that I just thought ‘Why not?’
“My three children are really looking forward to blinging up their boots to get ready for the welly walk. They’re determined everyone is going to notice us when we stride out on Boxing Day.
“We can have fun adding sparkle to our wellies, enjoy our walk, and help save lives to boot. It certainly beats watching telly while groaning under the weight of too much Christmas pud!”
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The 39-year-old, who works as a Deafblind Intervenor for Suffolk County Council, had another cancer scare last year after a routine scan revealed what were thought to be lesions on her liver.
She said: “It was obviously very scary to think that it might have come back, so I opted for surgery. I’ve got three kids and I wasn’t taking any chances.”
Mrs Allen was told after the operation that the scare was a false alarm. Her liver showed no sign of cancer and she was going to be fine.
She is now urging other people to sign up to the charity Boxing Day walk for Cancer Research UK.
Sign up online at www.cruk.org/wellywalk and donate £10 to help beat cancer.