Posters featuring BBC Radio Lancashire host and breast cancer survivor Sally Naden are helping inspire Prestonians to join this year’s Race for Life.Advertisement
Sally’s personal story and reasons for taking part have been displayed at Moor Park ahead of Cancer Research UK’s annual event in June.
The posters feature on a wall that’s designed to mirror the event’s reflection area, where participants come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived or support those going through treatment.
Sally, who will also feature in a campaign on Cancer Research UK’s North West Events Twitter account, said: “I’m a breast cancer survivor and so is my 92-year-old mum.
“Unfortunately, my mum’s sister and my husband’s sister died too early from breast cancer, so as a precaution my daughter had a double mastectomy at age 40.
“I have taken part in Race for Life events for many years, even before I was diagnosed 14 years ago, and this year I Race for Life for my 7-year-old granddaughter’s future.
“I love the sense of togetherness at Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events – the elements of carnival and celebration mixed with sadness and hope.
“It will make you laugh and cry but you’ll be so chuffed when you’ve done it!”
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This year’s Preston events, which take place over the weekend of 15 and 16 June, include Pretty Muddy 5k, Pretty Muddy Kids, and Race for Life 5k and 10k. It’s the first time Cancer Research UK has invited everyone – women, men and children – to join the Race for Life.
Sarah Hunter, Cancer Research UK’s Preston Event Manager, said: “We’re very grateful to Sally for her support with this campaign. By following Sally’s lead and joining the Race for Life in Preston, people can make a real difference in the fight against cancer.
“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. You don’t need to be sporty to take part. You don’t have to train, and you certainly don’t need to compete against anyone else.
“It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”
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One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but more people are surviving with the cancer survival rate in the UK doubling since the early 1970s.
To join Race for Life visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
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