Local nurse’s pink race to beat breast cancer

Press Release For immediate release: 14 June 2010 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Local nurse’s pink race to beat breast cancer Budding runner Keely Swinson from Great Preston in Leeds has pulled on her running shoes to train for the Bupa Great North Run in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. The nurse at Breathing Space, Rotherham will join 54,000 runners on the starting line for the 13.1 mile race in Newcastle on Sunday 19 September in memory of a family member Eileen Gibson, her Grandmother and her mother’s close friend Linda Pickersgill sadly passed away from breast cancer last year. Keely said: “Supporting breast cancer research is a cause close to my heart after my grandma and my mum’s best friend passed away from this disease. I also have friends who have suffered with this illness and without the ongoing medical research and advances in diagnostic accuracy and treatment, they would not be here today. I want to run in tribute to them and also to support the 45,500 women that are diagnosed in the UK each year.” To help Keely reach her fundraising target of £1,500 please visit www.justgiving.com/keely-swinson and donate what you can. Last year 300 Campaign runners wore their pink running vests with pride and raised a whopping £160,000 for vital breast cancer research. This year the charity has 100 places available on its team so if you would like to join Keely at the Great North Run, please call the events team on 020 7749 3700 or email greatnorthrun@breastcancercampaign.org before Friday 2 July. All runners who sign up with Campaign will automatically become a member of Linford’s All Stars – an exclusive club captained by Linford Christie, who offers supporters helpful training tips and nutritional advice. Runners will also receive a fundraising pack containing a Breast Cancer Campaign running vest and lots of fundraising ideas. Ends Picture caption: Keely Swinson 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 112 research projects, worth over £16.9 million, in 40 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/

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