Lonmay cancer survivor courage on the catwalk

Jennifer Fowlie
Jennifer Fowlie

A Lonmay woman has taken to the catwalk as a show of strength after being diagnosed with cancer nearly three years ago.

Jennifer Fowlie, 54, took part in the Courage on the Catwalk event at the Beach Ballroom which recognises “the sheer tenacity” of ladies from the North-East who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Ms Fowlie, a bank manager in Peterhead, believes the Friends of Anchor catwalk night is a fun but also worthwhile event.

She said: “I think it’s a fantastic initiative because it gets the message out to people that you have a big fight on your hands if you have cancer but that you can survive.

“It’s a great message.”

Ms Fowlie was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2013 and had to undergo major surgery in September of that year to remove the tumour.

She then underwent chemotherapy treatment as an inpatient for three days, every three weeks and life changed dramatically for bank manager as she had to take 18 months out of work in order to recover from her treatment and surgery.

However since then she has returned to full- time employment with a new perspective on life and is eager to take on any challenge with the strength that got her through her cancer diagnosis.

Ms Fowlie spent time in the Anchor ward during her battle against cancer and was full of praise for the treatment she received there.

She said: ““The staff in the Unit are truly very wonderful people. The incredible care and the massages provided by Friends of Anchor made the chemotherapy treatment more bearable.

“I have so much to be thankful for to my family, friends, work colleagues, the medical staff at ARI and in Ward 114 for their incredible support during such a difficult time.”

With 24 ladies from across the North-East strutting their stuff on the catwalk Friends of Anchor managed to raise over £100,000.

Sarah-Jane Hogg, PR & Fundraising Manager at Friends of ANCHOR commented; “We are honoured to have such an incredible lady be part of the event this year. J

“Jennifer’s infectious and bubbly personality has been brilliant in rehearsals and just proves what an inspiring lady she really is – cancer has 100% not defined her.”