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Running 100 miles to break taboo of cervical cancer

Stacey Connor.

An Omagh woman has set herself the ‘biggest physical challenge of her life’ in an honourable attempt to break the taboo surrounding cervical cancer.

Stacey Connor is running 5K every day in May to help get the conversation started about cervical cancer, all while raising money for ‘Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’ – the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.

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The charity’s mission is to see cervical cancer prevented and abnormalities treated and reduce the impact for everyone affected by providing the highest quality information and support, and campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention.

For Stacey – who will have run just shy of 100 miles (96.3 ) in total by the end of May – the challenge is also close to her heart as one of her best friends was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer.

“Cancer is a subject that few people ever wish to talk about, and when it comes to cervical cancer we are even less likely,” the 26-year-old said. “I feel one of the main reasons for this is the taboo and fear over women going for their cervical screening appointments – also known as the smear test.

“This year my eyes were opened when one of the strongest women I know and one of my closest friends was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

“Her bravery and courage has been an inspiration to me and women all over the UK to face your fear, attend your cervical screening appointment and report any abnormalities to your GP.”

Stacey, who is currently head of department for Food Science & Nutrition at Arrow Vale Academy in Redditch, Worcestershire, added, “I am running this for her and for all women who are facing this cruel disease and to know that you are never alone.

“And while this is the biggest physical challenge of my life, when the tough days come, I will think of this great cause and those incredible people that are fighting this disease every day.”

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Stacey has expressed her ‘biggest thanks’ to all of the amazing people who have donated to her cause. She has also thanked the heroes who fight cervical cancer every day.

To keep up-to-date with Stacey’s wonderful charity challenge – all while having a laugh at the pain she will be experiencing! – visit her Instagram page.

• To donate to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and help Stacey reach her fundraising goal of £1,000, visit her just-giving website.

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