FIFTEEN women from Kidmore End raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity in honour of their friend.
The women took part in Walk With Me, a 26-mile walk in Moulsford last Sunday, to support Susan Ramos-Galvez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.
The team, who named themselves the Kidmore End Mums’ Army, raised £6,000 for Action Against Cancer, a charity which funds the development of cures for cancer.
Mrs Ramos-Galvez, 42, from Chalkhouse Green, joined the women for the first nine miles and the last six.
She said: “It was an incredibly moving day. Everyone had a whole load of fun. The atmosphere was amazing and the walk itself was breathtaking and the organisation faultless.
“I walked the first nine miles and last six miles, which I think is something for someone on my medicines list and history.
“I will never forget the reception I had at the end of walk — I would put it up there with my wedding day and birth of my children as a moment never to forget.
“I’m so appreciative that people waited around hours for Ivan and me to finish, having done the walk themselves and I’m sure were hallucinating about having a hot bath!
“Every time I think about the bravery, positivity and cheerfulness I saw on Sunday I feel completely choked up with pride.”
Mrs Ramos-Galvez lives in Chalkhouse Green Lane with husband Ivan, a consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and children Noah, seven, Isaac, four, and two-year-old Clara.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 when Clara was just seven weeks old.
She said: “I’ve had an unlucky time with cancer and had to deal with a second primary tumour only months after finishing a year-long treatment for the first.
“Subsequent to a second round of chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, I was told my cancer had spread to my bones.
“But a year on, under the care of Professor Stebbing, my cancer has stabilised. My chemotherapy continues, but I’ve been able to return to work part-time and fully enjoy bringing up my young family.”
Taking part in the 26-mile walk were Louise Everett, Suzi Primrose, Gemma Malaperiman, Diane Dippenaar, Tracey Fox, Louise Lee, Jane Topham, Clare Ayling, Karina Wilks, Jacky Ward, Ann Day, Sian Allen, Louise Gardener, Adele Hawkes and Catherine Haines.
The group all have children at Kidmore End Primary School, which held a non-uniform day and raffle for Action Against Cancer and raised £520.
Mrs Ramos-Galvez said: “It’s wonderful and overwhelming that so many of my friends from the local community are involved. I am extremely touched.”
Professor Stebbing, who leads the work that Action Against Cancer supports at Imperial College in London, said: “Susan is a hugely brave woman with a fantastic sense of humour and sharp wit which have helped her to stay positive during what has been a testing year.
“I am hugely appreciative for the funds which Susan and her friends have raised for my team’s cancer drug discovery and development programmes. Thank you also to all of those people who have kindly donated to Susan’s fund-raising page.
“We are working relentlessly to develop treatments to improve the survival rate and quality of life for cancer sufferers and are truly humbled by all of your support.”
To donate, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kidmoreendmumsarmy