A WOMAN is paying tribute to her sister by continuing to raise awareness of bowel cancer after she lost a five-year battle with the disease.
Beckie Dawson (37) is pulling on her trainers to take part in the BUPA London 10k race in memory of Lisa Almond, of Kirton Holme.
She hopes to raise as much money as possible by completing the event on May 27 in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer.
Beckie said: “It’s only a few weeks ago that Lisa died and I just wanted to carry on where she left off with helping Beating Bowel Cancer. They did a lot of work for her and were there on the phone for when she needed advice.
“They are really trying to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer. If Lisa had been diagnosed sooner, her cancer would not be so advanced and it may not have come back.”
Lisa, who grew up and worked in South Holland, was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer in January 2007. She underwent surgery followed by intensive courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and lived tumour-free for three years.
During that time she raised more than £900 for Beating Bowel Cancer by completing a parachute jump.
However, a scheduled scan in 2010 uncovered tumours in her lungs and liver. She underwent further treatment but died on February 8, aged 41.
Lisa is survived by her two children, Karys (19) and Phoenix (17), sisters Beckie, Deborah and Lavinia and her mother Dorothy Rogerson.
Beckie, of London Road, Boston, added: “I just think she would be glad I’m trying to raise awareness. I know how important it was for her to save other people’s lives by getting people to go to their doctor.
“I don’t want anyone else to lose their sister the way I lost mine.”
l If you would like to sponsor Beckie, visit www.justgiving.com/Beckie-Dawson.