Glasgow woman leads the fight against cancer

Yvette Hutcheson 29 who was the VIP on the main stage
Yvette Hutcheson 29 who was the VIP on the main stage

Brave Yvette Hutcheson led the charge against cancer at Scotland’s biggest Race for Life event - just TWO days after completing treatment for the disease.

The 29-year-old from Glasgow was chosen as VIP for Race for Life Glasgow and took to the stage to share her story with Heart Scotland presenter Robin Galloway.

Yvette was cheered by a team of supporters including her mum Jacqueline Hutcheson,52, two sisters Gemma Bradley,22, Siobhan Bradley,21, and best friend Dawn Gillespie, 29, as well as around 9,000 women who were also taking part in the Race for Life 5K to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. Yvette’s Lhasa Apso pet dog Scout also took part in Race for Life Glasgow.

Yvette said: “Race for Life is a way to celebrate coming to the end of cancer, to celebrate getting my life back and to thank the people who have helped me get there.

“I’ve danced my way all along the 5K route today because I can. I feel so proud to be part of a powerful, passionate pink army of women at the frontline in the fight against cancer.”

Also at the startline, four-year-olds Ava Campbell and Evie Gilroy who became best friends after both losing a kidney to cancer sounded the airhorn together to send around 9,000 runners off on the 5K course at Glasgow Green. The girls, whose inspirational friendship began after they first met in hospital, were chosen as VIPs to kick off the Race for Life event. It was a special moment for the families of the girls, who were both treated at Glasgow’s old Yorkhill Hospital, now the Royal Hospital for Children. Ava and Evie endured months of treatment but also celebrated together after they both got the all-clear.