Ardrossan woman Suzanne Fernando is asking local people to help in the fight to combat cervical cancer by taking part in Step’s for Jo’s, a 5-kilometre walk, on June 13th.
Suzanne is a survivor of cervical cancer – giving birth to her youngest daughter, Aaron, while undergoing treatment in 2000 – and now works through Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to raise awareness of the disease and how it can be prevented.
The local woman told the3towns.today, “Being diagnosed with cervical cancer and having to undergo treatment is an incredibly difficult experience and I want to help make sure as few women as possible are faced with a diagnosis.
“Organising an annual fundraising walk for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is a great opportunity to get the community together while raising funds to run support services for those affected, and help educate the public on why attending cervical screening and having the HPV vaccination is so important.
“This is the third year I’ve organised a walk and previous events have always been a great success with everyone enjoying the day. This year looks to be bigger and better than ever before, with goodies, refreshments, certificates and medals for those who register.”
The 5K walk on June 13th will be held at Eglinton Country Park and will be officially started by North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon. Amongst those taking part in the walk will be North Ayrshire & Arran MP Patricia Gibson.
Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said, “We look forward to welcoming the local community to this event organised by Suzanne.
“Steps for Jo’s is a great opportunity for all the family to get active and raise vital funds so that the charity can continue to extend its support network across the UK as well as work towards a future where cervical cancer becomes a disease of the past.
“For those whose lives have been touched by cervical cancer, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate those affected and remember the women who have sadly lost their life to the disease.”
More information and registration for the Steps for Jo’s 5K walk is available on the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trustwebsite.