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Chorley mum’s life saved by cat Minty who she rescued when no one wanted him

Chorley vet Sarah Krige volunteered to give up her lunchbreak in order to save the life of a cat who had been involved in a horrific accident. Little did she know, it was the same cat who would return and save her life just two years later.

Sarah, 47, from Withnell, was six months pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump while cuddling the same cat her family later rescued. Now, the mum-of-three is celebrating her recovery by taking on the world’s largest annual fundraising swim for the third time – an activity that played a huge part in her recovery.

Working as a vet at Medivet, Chorley, Sarah recalled a stray cat being brought into the surgery which was not expected to survive an accident with a car. Later, when his former family decided they didn’t want him anymore, Sarah and her family rescued him and it was Minty’s turn to save Sarah’s life.

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Sarah, who has one son William, 14, and daughters Lyra, 12, and Esme, 9, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2014 soon after she stopped breast feeding her youngest daughter. She faced months of chemotherapy treatment before having a double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery.

After that Sarah underwent more surgery for damage to her arm caused by a build-up of fluids. Further complications included a failed implant which required follow-up treatment and even more surgery, the latest being in November last year.

Sarah now considers herself lucky to be alive and is now taking tamoxifen which Cancer Research UK researchers have helped prove the benefits of. Researchers have shown that taking tamoxifen after surgery for women with the most common type of breast cancer can be significantly beneficial – Around 8 in 10 women now survive for at least 10 years, thanks to the treatment tamoxifen provides.



minty the cat

Working as a vet at Medivet, Chorley, Sarah recalled a stray cat being brought into the surgery which was not expected to survive an accident with a car.

She said: “I was six months pregnant at the time and I was really needing something to eat but I volunteered to work through lunch and pay for his operation and do what I could for the cat. All lives matter.”

After three operations, £750 and several hours of Sarah’s time, Minty the cat survived. Although his owners came forward to claim him, within two months they decided they no longer wanted Minty and Sarah and her husband, Anton, agreed to adopt him.

Sarah said: “One night just before bedtime when I was cuddling Minty my hand brushed an area under my arm and I realized my lymph glands were swollen and that led to me being diagnosed with breast cancer. It turned out it was Minty’s turn to save my life.”

Minty died after spending several happy years with Sarah and her family.

But Sarah said: “Giving up a Saturday to treat Minty was the best thing I ever did. I could have so easily have walked away from a cat with horrific skull fractures and no apparent owners as I headed for lunch, but I am so glad I didn’t”.

Swimming has played a large part in Sarah’s recovery from cancer and she is urging other people across Lancashire to sign up for Swimathon 2022 to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.



Sarah took part in her first Swimathon in 2015 with three friends while recovering from her cancer surgery
Sarah took part in her first Swimathon in 2015 with three friends while recovering from her cancer surgery

She took part in her first Swimathon in 2015 with three friends while recovering from her cancer surgery.

Sarah said: “I was pushed into it by a friend who taught me to swim properly when I was 38. I couldn’t swim front crawl and my friend, who teaches toddlers to swim, taught my youngest and then taught me”.

Sarah took part in Swimathon again in 2016. This year, she’ll be swimming with three 114-year-old boys including her son, William, one of his friends George – who lost his grandmother at a young age after she suffered a recurrence of breast cancer – and Sarah’s nephew, Oliver, who lives in Merseyside. The Swimathon takes place from May 6 until May 8 at pools and venues across Lancashire and the UK. A variety of swimming distances are available – from 400m up to 30.9k – and the sponsored event offers a challenge for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

People can participate individually or as part of a team. Any swimmers who can’t make one of the organized sessions can sign up to MySwimathon, which takes place from April 29 – May 15, and choose a time and venue that suits them.

The deadline for signing up for Swimathon events is Tuesday May 3.

Sarah and her team are committed to swim 10km in their local pool as part of My Swimathon on Friday May 6. She said: “I understand all too clearly why events such as Swimathon are so vital to support the work of charities like Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie”.

Swimathon has raised more than £55m for charity since it began in 1986. This year, Swimathon Foundation will donate £2.50 from the entry fee of everybody taking part at an official Swimathon venue to help protect pools for the future. Not only will taking part help to raise money, moderate exercise such as swimming can help build stamina, burn calories and keep a healthy body weight, which reduces the risk of a range of diseases including cancer. Swimming regularly is also gentle on the joints, can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve sleep patterns.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Lancashire, said: “Swimathon offers a challenge for all pool swimmers whether they’re fast lane speedsters or leisurely lappers.There are lots of great benefits to taking part, not least the chance to enjoy the water while raising money for causes which are close to the hearts of so many. One in two of us will get cancer*, but all of us can support the research that will beat it. From proving the link between smoking and cancer, to laying the foundations for modern radiotherapy – our scientists have been at the forefront of cancer research for 120 years.

“And we’re not stopping now. That’s why we’re urging people to dive in, raise money and help us keep investing in science today to deliver the treatments of tomorrow. Together we will beat cancer.”

Jayne Waterhouse, Head of Fundraising for England at Marie Curie, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Swimathon once again this year. This much-loved family event brings communities together, to raise money to help people at the end of their lives and their loved ones. No matter what your ability is, or the distance that you do, we are grateful for everyone that is taking part and for every penny raised. The money will go towards helping Marie Curie to provide vital care and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement to people across the UK.”

Sign up for Swimathon 2022 at swimathon.org.

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