A woman who has battled cancer for three years is to reach speeds of 100mph as part of a fundraising challenge.

Melinda Schriffert of Coppull near, Chorley will be be taking on The Velocity 2 Zipline to raise money for Lymphoma Action – the only charity in the UK dedicated to lymphoma, the fifth most common cancer. 

Melinda was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2019. 

Melinda said: “After my diagnosis I found the Lymphoma Action closed Facebook Support Group which was a God send to me. Anytime I wanted to ask something, have a rant, or even just hear about other people’s experiences, it really helped me!.

“On the 23 April 2020, I found out I was in complete remission. It was hard because we had just started the first lockdown, I couldn’t hug my family, but I had the members of the Support Group and they were fab.”

“Now I am a Lymphoma Action, Online Support Group Facilitator and the Charity and its supporters are like a second family to me. I know how much of a difference these services make, so I fundraise whenever I can.”

Every year, more than 19,500 new cases of lymphoma ae identified in the UK alone, making it the UK’s fifth most common cancer. Around 125,000 people are currently living with lymphoma. 

She added: “I have organised many events and I enjoy them so much, as I understand what it means to those who are affected by lymphoma right now. I am getting discharged on 26 May, which is such a huge deal, so I decided to do something equally as huge.

“I am really excited about it. I will be nervous on the day, but after I had chemo I decided that I will take any chances that I am given in life and make them happen.”

Sarah Thorn, Community and Partnerships Manager at Lymphoma Action said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Melinda.

“We also want to commend her bravery for taking on this challenge. In the UK, 53 people a day receive a lymphoma diagnosis making it the most common blood cancer. Our vision is to ensure nobody has to face lymphoma alone and with people like Melinda supporting us we can move closer to achieving that.”

You can donate to Melinda’s JustGiving page here