Locals needed to help runner’s Marathon effort to beat breast cancer

Press Release For immediate release: 11 April 2011 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Locals needed to help runner’s Marathon effort to beat breast cancer Budding runner Debbie Lock from Bickley, Kent has been pounding the pavements in training for the Virgin London Marathon in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. This Sunday (17 April) the Company Director of Job Finders will join thousands of runners for the 26.2 mile race and needs £1,000 to reach her fundraising target of £10,000. Debbie is running in memory of her friend and colleague who sadly passed away from breast cancer in 2010. She is also running to support three further friends who have also been diagnosed with this disease. Debbie said: “Last year I lost a very dear friend and colleague who had suffered twice with the disease and I want to run as a tribute to her and also to show support for my other friends. It has made me appreciate just how much breast cancer touches of all of us. I hope lots of people will dig deep and sponsor me for my running challenge as it’s such a worthwhile cause and if I can make even the smallest of difference to help with research into this terrible disease, I will be very grateful” So far Debbie has raised £9,000 in total from various fundraising events so if you would like to help her reach her target, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/DebbieLock 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 have a guaranteed place in this year’s Virgin London Marathon and would like to make a difference to the lives of all those affected by breast cancer, please join Debbie on Campaign’s team. For more information, please call the Events team on 0207 749 4114 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org If you have your own place there is no minimum sponsorship amount and each runner who signs up will receive a fundraising pack including a Breast Cancer Campaign running vest, sponsorship forms and lots of support from the charity on the day. Ends Picture caption: Debbie Lock 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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