AFTER a three-year battle with cancer, a student is taking part in Worcester’s Race for Life Pretty Muddy.

Despite intensive chemotherapy, immunotherapy, stem cell transplants, blood transfusions and radiotherapy, 20-year-old Becky Shaw managed to get her A levels and go on to study Forensic Science at the University of South Wales. Now she is taking part in a muddy obstacle course to raise money.

Miss Shaw said: “I’ve lost my hair more times than I can count and have had every side effect in the book from eight different treatments, but I count myself really lucky to be here and can’t wait to splash my way round the Pretty Muddy course in Worcester.”

Miss Shaw, from Ledbury, first started having symptoms when she was 15 and studying for GCSEs.

She suffered from itching skin, hot sweats and tiredness.

A keen flute player, the teenager also had difficulty breathing while playing her instrument.

But doctors thought Becky’s symptoms were caused by stress and eczema, and it was nearly a year before she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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By that time, clusters of tumours on her heart and lungs were affecting her ability to breathe properly.

She was cared for at a young person’s unit in Birmingham and now her cancer is in remission.

Worcester Race for Life 10K takes place on Sunday, July 14 at 10am, at Worcester Racecourse, Grandstand Road.

The route travels around the grounds of the racecourse, Pitchcroft Field and Gheluvelt Park.

Family, friends and supporters can attend free and will be able to enjoy stalls and food stands.

To register to take part visit

Race for Life Pretty Muddy is a 5k muddy obstacle course taking place Saturday, July 13, at 10.45am at the same location.

To enter Race for Life Pretty Muddy go to or call 0300 123 077