Battling Laura bans the booze for charity

Cancer survivor Laura Battle pledges to give up the booze in January. Photo: Andrew Barr Photography
Cancer survivor Laura Battle pledges to give up the booze in January. Photo: Andrew Barr Photography

A Penicuik cancer survivor is putting the drinks on ice throughout January to help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Laura Battle is taking on Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon to say thank you for the treatment she credits for saving her life after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Dryathlon is Cancer Research UK’s fundraising campaign which invites social drinkers to take a month-long break from alcohol.

Laura (30), who works as a medical research scientist, is celebrating three years of being cancer free.

Laura had returned from South America and Africa when she became ill and doctors initially thought she had a tropical disease.

When tests on a lump in her neck revealed she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, it came as a complete shock.

Laura said: “I’ve always been very healthy and active so it didn’t cross my mind that I had cancer. It was a complete shock and it shows it can happen to anyone.”

Laura’s treatment at the Western General Hospital involved her enrolment in the Cancer Research UK RATHL trial to improve treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 
patients.

She added: “I wanted to take part in Dryathlon to say thank you to Cancer Research UK because I feel the work the scientists do saved my life. I feel if it wasn’t for the research the charity carries out, I wouldn’t be here today.

“I think Dryathlon will be hard as my birthday is in January but I have got a lot of my friends involved so hopefully, with their support and if we are all sober together, it will still be a very happy birthday.”