Stevenage mother with incurable eye cancer shares story at Race for Life

Participant Kelly Luff with her children at the Stevenage Race for Life on Sunday - Chris Woor Photo

Participant Kelly Luff with her children at the Stevenage Race for Life on Sunday - Chris Woor Photography - Credit: Archant

A mother-of-four with an incurable eye cancer has urged others to get tested after sharing her story at Stevenage’s Race for Life on Sunday.

Kelly Luff, of Admiral Drive in Stevenage, was diagnosed earlier this year with ocular melanoma – an incurable eye cancer which has already severely damaged her vision in her right eye.

The 35-year-old had her eye assessed at Vision Express in Stevenage town centre and was then referred to Lister Hospital for tests.

She has since been receiving treatment from specialists at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, including radiotherapy to tackle the tumour.

Kelly addressed the crowds in Fairlands Valley Park to raise awareness of the condition, before completing the 5km course organised by Cancer Research UK.


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So far she has raised just over £2,000 for eye cancer charity OcuMel with the help of family and friends.

Kelly said: “I hope that by sharing my story at this year’s race that some people will be encouraged to get the eye test they might have been putting off.

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“It was obviously a huge shock when I found out but I knew I didn’t want to sit on my backside and do nothing – I wanted to get out there, raise awareness and do what I could to help other people who might find themselves in the same position.

“I’m currently awaiting results from tests I had several months ago. In cases where the treatment is unsuccessful I have been told I may only have up to five years left.

“But these results will hopefully give us some idea of how long I will live and what the best approach is to keep moving forward. OcuMel is a really great charity and I just want to keep on pushing so I can donate as much as possible to them.”

Kelly completed the race with her daughter Trixabelle and was cheered on by her sons Sam, Louie and Buddy.

To sponsor her visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/kellyseye

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