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Solihull News: Brave family in cancer run; SOLIHULL: Mum and daughter lead Relay for Life.

Byline: By Alison Dayani

A CANCER-stricken Midland family earned special recognition at a ceremony to honour survivors after being twice hit by the disease.

For both mother and daughter, Amanda and Amy Fleming, from Solihull, have battled with the illness.

Mother-of-two Amanda and her12-year-old daughter Amy were among the first to do a lap of honour to kick off the 24 hour Cancer Research UK Relay for Life in Redditch.

Amy was just six-years-old when she was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumour in 2001 when a lump the size of a small football was discovered in her left kidney.

Thanks to pioneering research, chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Amy fought off the illness within a few years.

But then the family faced a double dose of the disease when mum Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, at the age of 36.

Amanda, now 39, has fought back from the cancer to walk a lap with her daughter at Abbey Stadium, Redditch, on June 9.

Amanda said: "I found the lump at Christmas but just did not want to believe it was possible for both of us get cancer.

"I went to the doctor's in March and mentioned the lump and was put on a fast track appointment for Solihull Hospital.

"Within a few weeks I had been prodded, scanned squished and biopsied, and the results revealed I had breast cancer.

Learning I had breast cancer was a shock."

Amanda, who also has a son, George, added: "Both myself and Amy were absolutely thrilled to be part of Relay For Life and consider ourselves lucky to be able to walk the lap of honour with fellow cancer survivors.

"The event is incredibly inspirational for everyone involved."

Amanda now hopes to organise a Relay for Life in Solihull in the future.

Cash raised from Relay For Life, to honour people battling the disease and remember loved ones who have died, raises cash for the work of Cancer Research UK.

Anyone interested in a Relay for Life in Solihull can call Miranda Williams on 0121 456 6980.

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SUPPORT... Amy and Amada Fleming recovered from cancer.; ON YOUR MARKS... participants on the starting line before the Abbey Stadium race.
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