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Stafford women urged to enter Race for Life 2013

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

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STAFFORD women are being urged to make a stand against cancer by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Applications are now open for anyone who wants to participate whether as an individual or as part of a group.

Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands. Now, event organisers are shouting out "cancer, we're coming to get you", and imploring women of all shapes and sizes to join their cry.

Mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends are being encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to make up a formidable army in the fight against cancer.

The Race for Life event will be taking place at Stafford Showground on Tuesday 9th July.

Every year Cancer Research UK join forces with Tesco and women across the country to raise millions of pounds which helps to fund life-saving research.

Victoria Meikle, Cancer Research UK’s Midlands Events Manager, said: “Come on ladies, please play your part by entering Race for Life in Stafford today. Together, we can hit cancer where it hurts!

“There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say. Cancer, Coventry & Warwickshire is coming to get you.”

This year, organisers need 2200 women and girls to stride out to help raise £100,000 for vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the West Midlands.

Since Race for Life started, an incredible 6.5 million participants across the UK have raised over £490 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

Victoria continued: “Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life. They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.

“Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease. Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

Don’t be fooled by the tutus and tiaras. Stafford Race for Life is cancer’s worst nightmare.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of Stafford, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Victoria added: “We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Stafford last year and in the past. Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to make progress against many forms of the disease. But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need everyone to return to the fight in 2013 and bring new recruits with them.”

The entry fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. This covers all event costs, leaving the money raised in sponsership to go towards beating cancer.

To enter Stafford Race for Life today go to www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1861 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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