Janet's Great north run to beat breast cancer

Press Release For immediate release: 24 September 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Janet and Co join the race to beat breast cancer this September Local runner Janet Casson from Wallsend, Tyne and Wear pounded the pavements on Sunday (20 September) to take part in the Bupa Great North Run for Breast Cancer Campaign. The Complementary Therapist completed the 13.1 mile race in Newcastle in two hours 58 seconds and has raised £1,000 in sponsorship to help fund breast cancer research. She took on the challenge for Campaign after several loved ones had breast cancer. Her mum sadly died from the disease in 1981, aged just 52, and her sister Cath was diagnosed in 2005, followed by her stepmother, Rose, a year later. More recently, Janet’s friend Alison passed away from breast cancer. Janet, who ran with Cath and five close friends, said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the run for Breast Cancer Campaign as it’s a cause very close to my heart. Every step we take could bring us closer to finding a cure for this dreadful disease. I’d like to take part again next year and would like to thank everyone for sponsoring me for this worthwhile cause.” This is the fourth year that Janet and Cath have taken part in the Great North Run – combined with other fundraising activities, they have raised a staggering £10,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign. Every day 125 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer, so if you would like to help fund breast cancer research and take part in a running event for Campaign, please call the Events Team on 0207 749 4107 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org. As well as receiving a fundraising pack with a professional Ronhill vest, all runners will be part of a motivated team dedicated to helping Campaign in their mission to beat breast cancer. ENDS Picture caption: Janet Casson, Helen Hope and Cath Lyon Notes to editors • Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure • Currently it supports 101 research projects, worth over £14.2 million, in 41 centres of excellence across the UK and Ireland • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women • In the UK, nearly 46,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year - that’s 125 a day • Visit www.breastcancercampaign.org

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