Sian’s Great South Run to beat breast cancer

Press Release For immediate release: 27 October 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Sian’s Great South Run to beat breast cancer Local runner Sian Porter, from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, pounded the streets in Portsmouth on Sunday (25 October) by taking part in the Great South Run for Breast Cancer Campaign. The pensions admin worker joined thousands of runners for the 10-mile run and completed the course in two hours and two minutes. Sian ran for Campaign to support her sister Lisa who was diagnosed with breast cancer in December last year and has undergone several treatments including radiotherapy and two operations. From taking part, Sian has raised more than £600 and has beaten her initial £500 fundraising target. She said: “I found it challenging, mainly due to the strong wind along the seafront for the last two miles. However nothing can match the sense of achievement I felt when I crossed the finishing line, it was really emotional.” 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: Sian Porter (far left) with twin brother Stefan Porter and sister Lisa Pontremoli after the Great South Run 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.

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