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Mother's illness inspires Torquay woman's London Marathon run

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

MARATHON: Barbara Bottomley

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THE Torquay daughter of a bowel cancer patient from is running in the London Marathon to raise awareness and funds for Bowel Cancer UK.

Barbara Bottomley, 31, is taking on the April 13 challenge after her mum, Amanda, became ill with the disease in 2012.

Julia Kouyoumdjian from Bowel Cancer UK explained: "Barbara's mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 51 in February, 2012. She had been misdiagnosed with haemorrhoids, then IBS but kept returning to see the doctor. It was two years before she was taken seriously and given a colonoscopy. Doctors tried to remove the tumour twice, but it was too large and could have been dangerous to Amanda's health.

"Amanda was given chemotherapy and radiotherapy to shrink the tumour before it could finally be removed in September, 2013, after she was given the chemotherapy drug Avastin.

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"Amanda is now recovering well."

Barbara said: "I would like to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK to help raise awareness of bowel cancer so it can be detected early.

"My mum was diagnosed very late on, at a young age, and I want to do what I can so others don't have to go through the same experience as my mum."

Barbara organised a quiz night and raffle at Buckland Football Club, Newton Abbot.

She has also arranged a music night for Friday, May 2, at the football club.

Local bands JJ and Sav, Still Life and Raspberry Fish will be playing for free. For more information contact Barbara on bottomleybj@aol.com.

To sponsor Barbara, go to the 'just giving' page at www.justgiving.com/Barbara-Bottomley1

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