Local runner joins the race to beat breast cancer

Press Release For immediate release: 4 April 2011 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Local runner joins the race to beat breast cancer First time runner Ashlee Welch from Ruchazie, Glasgow has laced up her running shoes to train for the Ignis Women’s 10k in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. Ashlee, who is originally from Atlanta, U.S. and is working with homeless people in Glasgow on the Vincentian Volunteer Programme, will join thousands of runners for the 10k race on Sunday 8 May to support her mother Vicki who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Ashlee is also running to support other family members affected by this disease. She said: “My mom was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer one week after I moved to Scotland. I have since visited her in Texas several times since she was diagnosed in September 2010 and she will hopefully finish chemo by the end of the year. In America, Mother’s Day falls on the same day as the 10k run. I wanted to give my mom the best gift possible. I'm not a runner in any sense, but I can run for my mom. I'm just trying to be as strong as her." To help Ashlee reach her fundraising target of £1,000 please visit www.justgiving.com/ashleewelch and donate what you can. This year around 48,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK and sadly approximately 12,000 will die from this disease. So if you would like to run a race for Breast Cancer Campaign and make a difference to the lives of all those affected by breast cancer, please call the Events team on 0207 749 4114 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org Ends Picture caption: Ashlee Welch 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 81 research projects, worth over £15.5 million, in 31 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 48,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year - that’s 130 a day • Visit www.breastcancercampaign.org • Read Chief Executive Pamela Goldberg’s blog http://pamelagoldbergblog.blogspot.com/

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