Three generations of Tayside women will step out together this weekend to support the fight against cancer.
Emily Cleland, 37, will be alongside her seven-year-old daughter Daisy and her 66-year-old mum Hilary in her first Race for Life.
She’s running just weeks after finishing treatment for breast cancer.
The Montrose mum-of-three always dreamed of being a dance teacher and, after her diagnosis last year, she took the plunge and started studying.
Now she has beaten her cancer and is sitting exams next month to be a qualified teacher.
Emily was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012 after she found a lump while showering following a dance class.
She said: “I was totally shocked when I found out. My first thought was ‘what about my children?’ Treatment was tough but I laid low for a while and then thought ‘life goes on’.
“I have danced all my life and thought it was time to go for it and sit the exams to teach.
“I am starting to feel a lot stronger now. And I don’t want to put anything off now I want to make the most of life and our time together as a family.”
Emily had surgery, four months of chemotherapy and three weeks of radiotherapy, which finished last month.
“The chemo hit me quite hard,” she said. “It felt like I had been hit by a bus, but you’ve just got to get on with it for the children and I managed to do all of the things a mum has got to do.
“For a while I felt a bit bruised both physically and emotionally. Treatment was tough but what got me through it was being there for my children and support from my husband Kenny.
“Doing Race for Life is my way of fighting back.
“I plan to show cancer that it can never spoil our time together. My daughter is so excited and proud to be doing it for mummy.
“I’m doing this for her. I want to help fund research so she never has to suffer from this terrible disease.”
Also taking part this weekend is a Dundee mum who has battled breast cancer for 18 months.
Mum-of-three Linda McIntosh, from Ardler, was diagnosed just a month after her 50th birthday. Her doctor discovered the cancer after a routine screening in 2010.
Linda, 52, said: “I had been feeling absolutely fine and had no health problems, so I wasn’t even going to go to the doctor appointment but I am so glad I did.
“When they told me it was cancer I didn’t believe it at first and was sure there had been some mistake.
“When I went for surgery, that’s when it finally sank in that it was real.”
After undergoing difficult months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as a lumpectomy and mastectomy, Linda wants to cheer on others who are going through the same ordeal.
She said: “Having treatment like this is a rollercoaster. Some days you can be feeling great and some days it’s harder. I’m up and down.”
Her daughter, Kim McIntosh, 22, a visual merchandiser, will be crossing the finish line alongside her mum and has supported her throughout her treatment.
“She’s doing it for me and I’m very proud of my daughter and my friends doing it,” said Linda.
“All my children have been a big help to me, trying to be there for me. My middle daughter, Kim, found the diagnosis difficult. She broke down a bit when she first heard the news.
“But I would not have got through this without my kids. They have pulled me through it.”
The customer services manager is completing the 10k race at Camperdown Park on Sunday.
This is Linda’s first Race for Life, although she said she wanted to complete a challenge like it even before she was diagnosed.
“Events like this are so important to bring people together. You can speak to people who relate to what you have gone through,” explained Linda. “These people are people who completely understand what it’s like.”