Local walker steps up to beat breast cancer

Press Release For immediate use: 14 September 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Local walker steps up to beat breast cancer Budding walker Julie McGourty, from Surbiton, will lace up her walking boots this month to take part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s Autumn Friendship Walk. The IT systems engineer decided to put her best foot forward for breast cancer research at the 4k walk in Painshill Park, Surrey, on Saturday 19 September in memory of her mother, Betty, who sadly died from breast cancer in 2005. Julie, who will be helping to organise the walk with her volunteer group, Pink J.J.A.S, said: “My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago and my grandmother (her mother) also suffered from the disease so I know I’m at risk from getting breast cancer and I want to do as much as I can to help Campaign continue funding vital research.” On the day, there are two routes to choose from – a 2km family walk, which is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and a 4km route. Both courses take you past beautiful sights including the Gothic Temple, a Ruined Abbey and the Vineyard. Campaign’s Events Executive, Sarah England, added: “Last autumn we had a wonderful turnout with 250 people stepping up to beat breast cancer. This year, we’re hoping even more men, women and children will take part in Painshill Park and enjoy raising money for this very worthwhile cause.” Registration is £8 for the 4km route and £5 for the 2km route for adults. It is £2.50 for children on both routes. This fee includes entrance into Painshill Park and every participant will receive a medal and refreshments at the end of the walk. Campaign aims to raise £12,000 from this event, which will help fund vital research into breast cancer, so we encourage everyone to ask family and friends to sponsor them for taking part. Every day 125 people are diagnosed with breast cancer, so if you would like to join Julie and Sarah at the Autumn Friendship Walk and help Campaign’s mission to beat this disease, please sign up by calling the Events team on 020 7749 4126 or visit www.friendshipwalks.co.uk ENDS Picture caption: Julie McGourty 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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