Karen ready to take to the catwalk

Karen Fulton with her dog Bella
Karen Fulton with her dog Bella

A Cruden Bay woman has been chosen to take part in one of the north-east’s iconic fashion shows.

Karen Fulton is to make her debut model appearance at Courage on the Catwalk on May 7 and 8.

The event recognises the sheer tenacity of 24 ladies from the North-east who have been faced with the reality of a cancer diagnosis.

The sell-out event, held at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, is organised by local cancer charity Friends of ANCHOR.

In March 2014 Karen was diagnosed with Stage 4b Hodgkins Lymphoma. After signing up to a swim-a-thon Karen found she was very breathless and subsequently found a lump on her neck.

She attended her GP who referred her to get an x-ray, biopsy and a CT scan before the results came back that she was living with cancer. Over the following six months Karen attended the ANCHOR Unit for 12 sessions of chemotherapy.

Although the chemotherapy was a harrowing experience, Karen’s attitude was unsinkable. She received the news, just nine months after her diagnosis, that she had beaten the cancer.

Speaking on her time in the ANCHOR Unit, Karen said: “The atmosphere in Ward 307 was light-hearted as the nurses brought a great sense of humour; it put me at ease from the very first day.

“I also had great fun with the Friends of ANCHOR hairdresser, Heather, who helped me to choose the perfect wig. I want to send all my thanks to family and friends for all their love, support and prayers.”

Since receiving the all clear, Karen has moved house and married her partner Kevin. In March of this year she was delighted to complete the 5k swim-a-thon.

Karen added: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about putting on my heels to take to the catwalk for the first time but through this experience I have made some great friends and I have loved it so far.

“I lost a lot of my confidence after my diagnosis so this will be totally out of my comfort zone but doing it alongside such amazing ladies will make it all worthwhile.”