Maria’s race to beat breast cancer
Press Release For immediate release: 29 October 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: email@example.com Maria’s race to beat breast cancer Local runner Maria Sexton, from Ventnor, Isle of Wight, pounded the streets in Portsmouth on Sunday (25 October) to take part in the Great South Run for Breast Cancer Campaign. Maria took part for breast cancer research to support a close friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of the year and completed the race in one hour 43 minutes. She said: “I took part in the Great South Run in place of my sister Lindsay who initially decided to run for the charity but then had to drop out due to relocating to Holland. I’m so glad I chose to run in her place and I’m thrilled to have raised more £500 for Breast Cancer Campaign. I definitely want to run the race for the charity next year.” If you missed out on the Great South Run, Campaign has places available on its running team for the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 7 March 2010. Places are issued on a first-come-first-served basis and minimum sponsorship is £175, so if you’d like to join the race to beat breast cancer please call the Events team on 020 7749 3700 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org ENDS Picture caption: Maria Sexton 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 115 research projects, worth over £15.8 million, in 44 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 • Read Chief Executive Pamela Goldberg’s blog http://pamelagoldbergblog.blogspot.com/ • Breast Cancer Campaign urges women to be breast aware this Breast Cancer Awareness Month and continue throughout the year as early detection can save lives. Follow the five-point code: know what is normal for you, look and feel, know what changes to look for, report any changes without delay and attend a breast screening if aged 50 or over. Women over 70 should contact their GP for a referral.