A CANCER survivor plans to climb three mountains to thank surgeons for saving her life.
Mum-of-three Theresa Worrall is tackling the Three Peaks Challenge on Friday and is determined to reach the top of the UK’s highest summits, Snowdon in Wales (3,560ft), Scalfell Pike in England (3,209ft) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (4,409ft).
The 48-year-old hopes to complete the daunting marathon in three days and raise £3,000 for the new Clatterbridge Centre.
“This is something I always wanted to do before I was 50,” said Theresa, from Halton Village, Runcorn.
“It will be a real challenge.
“People have a perception and are frightened cancer is a death sentence. This is a way of saying it is not.
“A lot of us survive and go on to lead normal lives.
“It is tough. You have to realise your new limits but I just want to go for it.”
American-born Theresa was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer three years ago.
“It was a shock,” she said.
“I found a lump in my upper chest but I hadn’t been poorly. There was no warning whatsoever.
“The most difficult thing was coming home and telling the children, who at the time were 17, 15 and 12.”
Her husband Jason and children Eliza, 20, Nathan, 18, and Ben, 15, as well as Hope Corner Community Church where she works as a schools worker, helped her through the ordeal.
“My husband and family were fantastic,” said Theresa, who underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
She was overwhelmed by the expertise and kindness she received from staff at the Linda McCartney Unit in Liverpool, the main Clatterbridge centre in Bebington and the Delamere Centre in Halton Hospital.
“Coming from the States I know how much cancer treatment costs.
“To have it completely covered by the NHS and Clatterbridge, I just felt I really wanted to give something back.”
It will be a family effort as her brother Mark Lefebvre, 55, sister Barb Wolff, 56, brother-in-law Mark, 55, and niece Karlye, 26, fly over from America today, Wednesday, to climb with her.
She added: “I am so excited that my family are joining me.
“I am still battling with my body to find my new norm to heal physically and emotionally,” added Theresa, who is still on Tamoxifen.
“This challenge is part of my healing.”
So far Theresa has raised more than £1,000.
To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Worrall-Wolff-Lefebvre.