Mum of two takes on 100km charity trek with celebs after cancer treatment

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Mum of two takes on 100km charity trek with celebs after cancer treatment

Carly Moosah will be joined by Emma Willis, Gemma Atkinson, and Giovanna Fletcher in her bid to raise awareness of the importance of checking for symptoms

Carly Moosah
Carly Moosah

A North London mother-of-two who has not long finished treatment for cancer, will join TV presenter Emma Willis, actress Gemma Atkinson, and I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here 2020 winner Giovanna Fletcher on a 100km charity trek.

Carly Moosah, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 Grade 3 breast cancer in 2019 – the day before her daughter’s 4th birthday – was selected from hundreds of applicants to take part in the gruelling five-day trek in the Scottish Highlands in aid of CoppaFeel, to raise awareness of the importance of checking for early signs of the disease.

Carly, 39, says: “With my mum dying from breast cancer a decade before my diagnosis in 2010, and her mum dying from it before I ever met her, I was always very aware to check my boobs. I thought I was very aware of the symptoms but even I didn’t know that it can present as a pain and swelling in your armpit.”

Carly staying positive

Carly was on the chemo ward with her sister, who was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer at the time, when she mentioned the pain under her arm to a doctor.

“I really urge people who notice any change in their body to get checked, which is why CoppaFeel is so important. I really want to help spread the message of early detection, particularly among young women.”

Carly has the BRCA1 gene from her dad’s side – “ironically,” she notes, her cancer did not come from her mum’s side.

She has endured 16 rounds of chemo, radical surgery – a double mastectomy and reconstruction using tummy tissue, and lymph node removal, and radiotherapy. Her last surgery was in March.

Carly, who co-founded Keepemquiet – which provides entertainment packs for children and is used by members of the Royal Family  – says: “My body has been through a lot and I do get very breathless. The trek will be very uphill so I am trying to build up my endurance by walking up and down Primrose Hill.”

Carly with her family

She will be joined by close friend Alex Thrussell, whose mum Nicki Waterman, the celebrity fitness trainer and The Sun columnist, died from a brain tumour in 2016.

Carly hopes to document the experience, which starts on September 12th on Instagram, where she has been posting about her cancer journey. The former talent agent lives in Queens Park with her husband Daniel and their two children, aged 8 and 5.

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