Why I’m joining Race For Life 2015

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A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to become part of the Race for Life 2015 Blogger Team. Of course I said yes. How can I turn down an opportunity to raise money and awareness of Cancer Research.

Did you know that every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer?

Cancer Research UK are the world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. They are determined to keep pushing forward and to beat cancer sooner. Unfortunately, they receive no Government funding for their research, which is why they desperately need support through events like Race for Life to help them continue their groundbreaking work and help more people survive cancer.

You know, we have all been touched by cancer at some point in our lives. We may be one of the lucky ones who never have the horrid disease eating away at our bodies, but we will always know someone, or know of someone who has experienced cancer first hand.

I personally have a long history with cancer.

The women in my family are prone to ovarian cancer. Thankfully, it has always been caught early enough because we are aware, and it has been treated – although hysterectomy’s have occurred for further prevention.

Cancer has also snatched away two of my grandfathers at a young(ish) age. In their 50’s and 60’s my grandfathers lost their battle with prostate and lung cancer, respectively.

I have also had an aunt battle breast cancer, an uncle who died of lung cancer and a dear work colleague lost his battle with lung cancer on his 43rd birthday.

By taking part in a Race for Life I am helping my future generations. I am contributing to the research so one day my children’s children and their children’s children and so on will not have to worry about the fear of cancer.

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About Race for Life

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events which are raising money for research so that we will beat all 200 types of cancer sooner

We have more types of event than ever in 2015 – from our 5k events all the way up to a Marathon, so there are lots of ways to support Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life – and the choice is yours.

This year, I have signed up to the new ‘Pretty Muddy’ Race for Life which is a 5k muddy obstacle course where women of any ability can climb, jog and walk all over cancer.

How your money can help Cancer Research UK

Did you know that 80p in every pound you raise goes directly towards their work to beat cancer? Here are some examples of the money you raise in sponsorship – big or small:

  • £8 kits out scientists with a lab timer, helping them to find out what makes a cancer cell tick.
  • £20 buys a lab coat, box of gloves and goggles. Not only geek chic, but vital items to help the scientists carry out life-saving research.
  • £70 pays for a Bunsen burner to help ignite groundbreaking research on a daily basis.
  • £180 pays for one day of a trial to discover faster diagnosis and new therapies to treat brain cancer.
  • £300 buys a hot plate to warm special solutions, turning up the temperature on groundbreaking research.
  • £450 pays for one day of a trial to diagnose prostate cancer earlier and more efficiently.

If you would like to join me in beating cancer, then why not sign up to a Race for Life yourself!

You can find your nearest race {here} and if you enter the code ‘RFLConf’ you will receive £2 off of your entry fee!

Alternatively, I would love it if you could donate! Visit my JustGiving page, or text the below:

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I am taking part in the Pretty Muddy 5K on September 5th at Windsor. I’d love for you to join me!