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Survivor on a mission

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

Worthy cause: Denise Chenoweth with her business partner Richard Stubbs.

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MOTORCYCLE racing fan Denise Chenoweth, from Leek, is enjoying her first taste of TT action on the Isle of Man this week.

But the 51-year-old practice nurse isn't on the island purely for the sport – she's on a mission to raise cancer awareness.

Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago after attending a routine screening in Leek.

She was dealt a secondscruel second blow when her husband Mark, aged 50, passed away at around the same time.

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Denise said: "With my training as a nurse, I knew when I saw the screen that I had breast cancer. It was a hard year, because there were so many complications from my treatments to overcome."

Just months after receiving the all-clear for breast cancer and undergoing reconstructive surgery, Denise was dealt another blow when she was diagnosed with skin cancer. She has since had the tumour removed and undergone reconstructive facial surgery. Now, she is hoping to raise awareness for cancer at motorbike races across the country.

Denise and business partner Richard Stubbs have funded a pink motorbike for TT legend Jim Hodson through their Leek-based company iDesign Kitchens & Bathrooms.

The pair hope to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK at events including the TT, the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix.

Denise said: "Mark raised thousands for charity so I'm glad to be continuing the tradition. The pink bike gets a lot of attention and when people find out I'm a nurse and a cancer survivor, it helps them open up."

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