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Cancer survivor Penny lights up twilight run.

Byline: ALISON STACEY Health Correspondent alison.stacey@trinitymirror.com

A MUM who beat the odds to survive a rare type of cancer is set to light up the night at a new-style Race for Life.

The future looked bleak for Penny Aston-Nevin when she was diagnosed with a form of the disease affecting the digestive tract three years ago.

Just one treatment was available and even that had only recently gone into production.

"My world fell apart when they told me what it was," said 36-year-old Penny, from Cradley Heath.

"It's a rare cancer anyway but it's even more unusual to get it when you're under 50 so I was really scared and feared the worst.

"When I was diagnosed doctors didn't hold out much hope."

But the one throw of the dice available to the mumof-two proved effective. She was given a drug called Glivec which shrank the tumour from nine centimetres to three within a year. Penny then underwent a six-hour operation to remove her colon, appendix, womb and cervix.

"I feel very lucky because a few years ago there were no treatments for my type of cancer," she said. After being finally told she was in the clear, Penny and her husband Craig celebrated their first wedding anniversary last month on the Isle of Hope in the US, where they were married.

She was due to share her story with more than 450 fundraisers at the start of the first Twilight Race For Life, at Himley Hall in Dudley at 7pm tonight.

The women-only race is Cancer Research UK's first dusk event, with supporters encouraged to light the way by wearing glow-sticks and other luminous accessories.

Penny said: "I want to give something back by taking part in Race for Life Twilight, to raise as much as I can to help more people like me survive in future."

Twilight event manager Emily Thompson said: "We're thrilled Penny is well enough to join us for the first Race for Life Twilight in Dudley."

Another Race for Life was being held at Worcester Racecourse tonight, with a third at Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park next Friday. | To enter, visit www.raceforlife.org/twilight or call 0871 641 1111.

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