A race from Caythorpe to Grantham will raise money for Breast Cancer Now this month.
The Amazing Pink Ribbon Race, a treasure hunt-style charity event, will start at 9.30am on Saturday, July 18, and Sleaford MP Stephen Phillips will be at the Caythorpe Playing Fields to start things off.
Participants will negotiate a short spacehopper course before setting out on their journey. They can choose to walk, run, cycle or drive, and will stop at a number of places along the way to complete fun challenges, suitable for all the family. They can also choose to cover the route in fancy dress, and there will be a selfie challenge along the way.
Local resident and organiser Sue Stannard is supporting the work of Breast Cancer Now – the new name for the charity formed this year by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Talking about her support for Breast Cancer Now, Sue said: “I learned a great deal about breast cancer during my own treatment, and was shocked to discover that in the UK one woman still dies from this disease every 45 minutes of every day. Our survival rates lag well behind those of many other developed countries, and this just isn’t acceptable.
“There are many things that need to be done to tackle this, but perhaps the one that I feel most passionately about is the need to addressing issues affecting our poor record of survival rates for people who are diagnosed with more advanced stages of the disease including, this includes secondary breast cancer – ie cancer that has started to spread to other parts of the body.
“Primary breast cancer isn’t a lot of fun but you do get through it. Secondary breast cancer is with you for
the rest of your life; it cannot be cured but in many cases it can be controlled for a long time. However, the later it is diagnosed the more damage it can do, and the prospects for effective control can be much worse.”
“The funds raised from this event will contribute to vital research funded by Breast Cancer Now. This work includes projects seeking to understand more clearly why and how breast cancer cells spread.
“Last year I visited one of these projects, run by Dr Paul Shore at the University of Manchester. His work has identified a protein called CBF-Beta, which appears to play a very important role in enabling breast cancer cells to move to one of their favourite ports of call – the bones. His research team has also found a way to switch off the action of that protein so that the cells do not migrate, and although it is a long process to take that discovery from the laboratory to a potential clinical treatment I find it a very exciting development.
“I believe that the results of this and other research projects will transform the face of breast cancer treatment for the coming generations – turning secondary breast cancer into a treatable chronic condition rather than the dreaded disease it is currently.
“Breast Cancer Now has a clear aim – they believe that if we all act now, by 2050, there will be #TheLastOne to die from this disease, so anything I can do to help raise money to achieve this, or to spread the word about their work feels enormously worthwhile.”
To get more information visit the event’s Facebook page, follow on Twitter @veryamazingrace, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry should be done on-line in advance of the event, and costs £12 per adult and £8 for under 16s, with every under 12 entrant receiving a £5 voucher to be used against an Inspire+ sports summer camp.
You can enter the event via a sign up button on the Facebook page or go to www.breastcancernow.org/amazing-race