Katie Pake of the Carnegie Swimming Club will participate in the Swimathon 2022 for Cancer Research UK

A BRAVE member of the Carnegie Swimming Club hopes to be an inspiration as she causes a stir for charity.

Katie Pake, who turned 14 in February, decided to cover her age in miles in the pool as part of the Swimathon 2022, which supports Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Taking place at over 450 venues across the UK over the weekend of May 6-8, or anytime, anywhere, between April 29 and May 15, it is expected to attract around 25,000 people.

Katie, who will take up the challenge as part of her training program with Carnegie, hopes to inspire others to take the plunge while raising funds and awareness for the two charities.

After complaining that a sore knee was affecting her swimming, a visit to her GP in 2017 presented Katie and her parents, Carol and Grant, with a devastating diagnosis of osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer. common among children across the UK.

She had just a 20% chance of survival after intensive chemotherapy failed to eradicate the tumour, which was later found to have spread to her thigh and spine.

Although a new type of treatment succeeded in eliminating the cancer in her thigh and spine, it did not work on the tumor in her leg, which meant that the courageous student of high school S3 Auchmuty had to undergo an eight-hour operation to amputate the limb.

Ahead of the life-saving surgery, which saw doctors remove the middle section of her right leg and reattach her foot and ankle, from back to front, to create a new knee joint, Katie wrote “please recycle on his leg, in hopes that the cancerous tissue could be used in medical research.

In 2018, she completed treatment and was given the all-clear, before receiving a new prosthetic leg just over a year later, allowing her to walk and swim unaided again.

Since then Katie has raised thousands of pounds for charity and was named STV Children’s Appeal Child of Courage at the 2020 Pride of Scotland Awards.

“The Carnegie Swimming Club has been incredibly supportive throughout my training, helping me set goals and supporting me in swimming competitions,” she said.

“The club and my fellow swimmers don’t see me as anyone other than Katie.

“I want to inspire others to take the plunge and challenge themselves. Cancer and having a prosthetic leg don’t define me, but it makes me more determined to perform at my best in my chosen sport.

Proud mum Carol added: ‘She has a great relationship with cancer research.

“The Swimathon is important to us, and it’s important to her because, again, swimming has been her savior throughout her cancer journey.”