Having survived breast cancer at the age of 39 in 2008 and still completing the Cancer Research UK Race for life whilst in the middle of her Chemo and Radio Therapy she still had a smile on her face at the finish line when she received her medal. Kate raised an awe inspiring £11,500 and still raises money every year. She was nominated for an Aberdeen Champion Award for her work in raising money for Cancer Research UK and won her category ahead of 5 other nominees.She now suffers from a rare Auto Immune disease called Dermatomyosytis which causes a skin rash and muscle wastage but she still goes to the gym twice a week and does her Pilates on a Monday to try and keep the muscle she has got as toned as possible. It has been said by many people that Kate is an inspiration to all who meet her including all the nursing staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's Skin Ward, never have I seen her break down since she has been ill, she is totally determined that nothing will beat her and nothing it seems will manage to stop her strong will and unending spirit and enthusiasm for life. She is committed to keeping our village of Balmedie in top order and like me is a member of the Better Balmedie Group which plants flower beds, cuts grass around the village and does regular litter picks come rain or shine, all this on top of some nasty drug treatment she now has to have over 3 days every 4 to 5 weeks.She is such a selfless genuine and committed person and a wonderful step mum to my daughter.