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In a heartwarming display of resilience and community spirit, Milly Hadden, a mum-of-two from Storrington, defied the odds and kickstarted the Race for Life Pretty Muddy event at Stanmer Park, Brighton, this Sunday. Milly's journey is nothing short of miraculous—after battling cancer, sepsis, and multiple organ failures, she was told she might never walk again or have children. Yet, there she stood, sounding the horn to begin the race, flanked by her two adorable daughters, Tallulah (2) and Otillie (1).

The event saw hundreds of participants climbing, crawling, and sliding their way through a series of muddy obstacles, all in the name of raising funds for Cancer Research UK. The five-kilometre course, which meandered through fields and woodland, provided a challenging yet exhilarating experience for all involved.

Among the enthusiastic racers were Milly's younger sisters and their mum, Linsey Mangion, who were cheered on from the sidelines by Milly and her daughters. The atmosphere was electric, filled with laughter, determination, and a shared sense of purpose.

Lynn Daly, Cancer Research UK’s Sussex spokeswoman, expressed her gratitude for Milly's involvement, stating, "We’re really grateful to Milly for her support and know her story will make an impact on people who hear it. No matter how cancer affects us, life is worth racing for. Sadly, nearly one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime. Race for Life has the power not only to transform lives but to save them. We’re proud that Race for Life has already helped double survival rates in the UK."

Milly Hadden's story is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the importance of community support in the fight against cancer. Her participation in the Pretty Muddy event has undoubtedly inspired many and highlighted the critical work of Cancer Research UK.

 

Image: Miracle Milly, right, and her sisters (©️Simon Dack)