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Mum-Of-Three Beat Cancer...Now She's On A Mission To Help Others

14/08/2014 16:57 | Updated 20 May 2015

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A mum who beat thyroid cancer is on a mission to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for the terrible disease.

Emma Day, 27, is organising a 10-day event in the Cotswold Way from May 15 and hopes to get people to donate up to £50,000 .

She said: "I want to get as many people into it as possible. They can walk part of the way or the entire route throughout 10 days, and hopefully they will come together to raise money for research.

"I believe research is the way forward. So many people are affected by cancer, and there are so many different types.

"It's important we find a cure."

Emma, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January last year after seeing a doctor for a lump in her throat.

She first thought the lump in her throat was a swollen gland but doctors soon realised the growth was cancerous after an operation to remove half of it.

The six-centimetre tumour in her thyroid went right across the edges of her throat.

As part of her treatment Emma went on a pioneering programme which saw her placed in an isolation unit in Cheltenham General Hospital.

Throughout her treatment Emma kept a blog and more than 80 bloggers rallied around her, posting messages of support.

She said: "My blog became therapy for me because I could share how I was feeling. They have been there to support me and to cheer me up, and I am very thankful for that.

"I have only met a few of them, but they were really encouraging during those days."

It is the second time brave Emma has battled cancer, after defeating leukaemia as a child.

• The 104-mile Cotswold Way runs from Chipping Campden to Bath Spa and more than 20 people have already joined the event so far. To sign up, go to crazywithtwins.com/emmasarmy

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