A day of courage tears and laughter

Race for Life, Hastings, 2015.'Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-150615-091443001

Race for Life, Hastings, 2015.'Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-150615-091443001

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Thousands of women united at Alexandra Park Showground on Sunday with one mission in mind – to conquer cancer.

Now Cancer Research UK is calling on Hastings and Rother’s formidable ‘Pink Army’ to make every step count by paying in their sponsorship money as soon as possible.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy and Marathon events which raises millions of pounds every year to fund life-saving research.

Jenny Ainsworth, Race for Life event manager for Hastings, said: “I want to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to everyone who took part in Race for Life, and their supporters, as well as our heroic volunteers.

“It was a fantastic day, full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as over 2,000 women joined forces to beat cancer sooner. .

“Now I’m asking all the women who took part - and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them - to transform their passion into progress by returning the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.

“Cancer Research UK doesn’t receive any Government funding for its ground-breaking research. So every contribution matters.

“Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event. It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference. So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible. It can be paid in online, by phone or by cheque.”

One in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives. But thanks to advances in research, more people are surviving than ever before.

Recent figures show that death rates for breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancer combined have fallen by almost a third in the last twenty years. Today, more than 95% of men diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured. More women are surviving breast cancer and more children are surviving childhood cancers than ever before- But there’s still more work to be done.

Nell Barrie, Cancer Research UK’s Senior Science Communication Manager, said: “We want to see people with every type of cancer, including those that are hard to treat, get the same chances of living a long healthy life. The progress since Race for Life started over 20 years ago shows we are moving in the right direction.

“Our researchers are already laying the foundations for new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. These include personalised medicine where patients will have treatment tailored to their cancer, immunotherapy which harnesses the immune system to target the disease, better screening and tests to diagnose cancer earlier, and ways to help prevent the disease in people who are at risk.

“But each year more and more people are diagnosed with cancer, so there’s still much more to do. That’s why we need everyone who took part in Race for Life in Hastings and Rother to take the vital last step by returning their sponsorship money so that our doctors, nurses and scientists can make strides forward in research.”

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org.

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