An Essex teenager will take on the Suunto Great London Swim as a duo with her mother, who overcame her battle with breast cancer this February. 

Amy Talbot, 13, from Rainham, Essex, will be swimming half a mile in the open water for the second time, but this year she will be accompanied by her mum, Danielle Lazenby. 

Last year, they were supposed to swim together however Danielle was diagnosed with Grade 2 Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer in February 2016. 

After surgery in March 2016, Danielle suffered through five months of chemotherapy and a gruelling four and a half weeks of daily radiotherapy.

Danielle said: “When Amy completed the swim last year, I was initially supposed to swim with her but then got my diagnosis. It was deemed unsafe as the chemotherapy knocked my immune system.”

“I was there to cheer Amy and the other swimmers on though, and did quite a lot of crying out of pride!”

A year later, in February 2017, she received good news: an MRI scan showed that her body was clear from the disease.

Danielle, 40, will be joining her daughter in the water on Saturday 1 July 2017 at the Suunto Great London Swim. 

They will be joining thousands of other swimmers of all ages and abilities at the Royal Victoria Dock. A number of distances are on offer, from the half mile for anyone aged 12 and over all the way up to the gruelling 10K open water marathon.

Swimming is not just a fitness challenge for Danielle; it is also a form of pain management.

She said: “As the breast cancer I had was estrogen receptive, I have to take a hormone suppressant for five years. It causes limb and joint pain which I am managing by swimming regularly.

“I try and get in a pool at least once a week.”

Amy attends Cridders Swim School in Essex which is run by Trevor Cridland, an ex-competitive swimmer. 

“It was Trevor who proposed taking on the challenge last year to all his swimmers and has arranged the same for this year.”

The mother-daughter duo will be joined by the swimmers to raise money for the Mitchell Huth Memorial Fund, a charity that is close to their hearts. 

Danielle said: “This charity was set up by a very good friend of mine who lost her seven year old son to Neuroblastoma.”

“The charity raises much needed funds to support families affected by this awful disease, and also raises much needed awareness.”

She remains positive about the event and her own outlook in the lead-up to the open water swim.

She added: “Raising money for a charity close to our hearts and taking on the challenge as mother and daughter is all the motivation we need along with the support of our family, friends, the charity, Trevor and his team and the others swimming with us.”

“I take and enjoy each day as it comes. There will always be a risk of the cancer returning but things are looking good so far!”

Support Amy and Danielle’s fundraising for the Mitchell Huth Memorial Fund.

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