Bromley cancer survivor will join night time walking marathon
PUBLISHED: 11:40 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 September 2014
A cancer survivor will join thousands of walkers lighting up London at the Cancer Research UK's Shine Night Walk.
Janine Pearce, of Hilldrop Road, Bromley, will walk the 26 miles overnight from September 27 to 28.
The 34-year-old was successfully treated for bowel cancer, undergoing keyhole surgery and eight months of chemotherapy.
She was only 32 when she started experiencing symptoms, but she was pregnant with her daughter Indie at the time and her health problems were mistaken for pregnancy complications.
This is the second time that Janine has taken part in Shine, and last year she took part six months after her treatment.
She will be walking with friends Emily Edwards, Nikki Taylor and Rebecca Turner, who are also from Bromley.
Janine said: “It will be emotional and there may be a few tears. But we’re determined to do this for all those, like me, who have got through their treatment, and for all those who will face treatment in the future.
“Last time, there was a brilliant atmosphere and the volunteers around the course did an excellent job of spurring us on and offering help if we needed it, along with Deep Heat and Jelly Babies! The first half was the hardest, but after that, we knew the end was in sight and we weren’t going to give up.”
Janine is hoping to match or beat last year’s time of eight and a half hours.
This year the walk will start from Southwark Park, just a mile from Tower Bridge, and finish at Old Billinsgate in the heart of the city.
Gemma Jones, spokesperson for Shine, said: “We’re really grateful to people like Janine and her friends for taking part in Shine. We can guarantee all our ‘shiners’ a night to remember. Seeing London in a completely different light with thousands of others who want to make a real change to people’s lives is something really special.”
To donate to Janine’s walk please visit justgiving.com/ShinePart2/ or to enter Shine Night Walk or sign up as a volunteer, visit shinewalk.org