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"The tragedy is it doesn’t have to be this way"

"The tragedy is it doesn’t have to be this way"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:30am 16th April 2019. (Updated at 5:37am 16th April 2019)

Raising awareness in her memory.

Laurence Carter's wife passed away from Cervical Cancer.

So he set himself the huge challenge of walking 3,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, we caught up with him in King's Lynn yesterday (15th April).

 

In 2012 Laurence's wife Melitta went for a routine smear test.

She had left it six months late - blaming holidays and a busy family life.

The mum of three needed an emergency hysterectomy, then chemotherapy and radiation.

 

Metlitta sadly passed away in 2015.

So now Laurence wants to raise awareness that we can eliminate cervical cancer.

He's over halfway through his challenge and has raised over £50,000 so far which will all go to Cancer Research UK.

 

Laurence told KLFM we all have a part to play in beating the disease, men and women:

"My wife died because she was just six months overdue on the cervical cancer screening.

It wasn't because she didn't want to go she was just busy like most normal women.

When I turned 50 she said go and get your prostate checked out and she bugged me and I did it.

It never once crossed my mind to say the same thing to her about her cervical screening."

 

3,500 to end it challenge Laurence's family

 

Donate to Laurence's fundraising.

Find out more about the 3,500 to End it Challenge.

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