SHE is the well-known TV presenter who owes her life to doctors and nurses who helped her beat breast cancer.
Sally Taylor survived the devastating disease and returned to her dream job.
Tomorrow the BBC South Today presenter will poignantly pay tribute to those who supported her through her darkest hours.
Sally is joining thousands of women taking part in the London Moonwalk – a 26.2-mile overnight walk around the capital to raise money for breast cancer causes.
The 15,000 participants – who include some men – will be braving the elements wearing decorated bras over their clothes.
The popular presenter was diagnosed with what is one of Britain’s’ most common cancers in 2000. She underwent a double mastectomy to overcome it.
Yesterday Sally visited the Southampton hairdressers that has designed bras for her and four teammates for the event.
This year’s theme is rockabilly, and staff at Pure Hair, in Bedford Place, have decorated the garments in a fabulous rock ’n’ roll theme.
Sally, who also took part in last year’s event, said: “When cancer strikes your whole world falls apart in an instance.
“But you have to understand that there are medical people who can help you and there are family and friends for support.
“You have to believe in a positive outcome and what got me through were my loved ones and being able to talk about it.
“I am lucky enough to have come out of the other side and want to help other people.
“The Moonwalk is such a fantastic charity event.
“Everybody has their own story, whether they have overcome cancer or known someone who has had it.
“It really feels as if you are walking among friends.”
She thanked Pure Hair staff for their “fantastic” designs, including pink dye, sparkling glitter and beautiful bows.
One of the benefiting charities which is close to her heart is the new Haven in Wessex, which serves Hampshire, The Isle of Wight and three other neighbouring counties.
She said: “I want to be able to support as many cancer charities as possible. I’m so grateful and overwhelmed by everybody who has sponsored me.”
The walk begins and ends at Clapham Common and passes landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and The London Eye. It also passes the Marsden and Toby Robins Research Centre where key cancer research takes place.
- Sponsor Sally’s team at moonwalklondon2014.everydayhero.com/uk/sally-taylor.