York Dad's Run For Yorkshire Cancer Research On Father's Day
6:00am 16th June 2013
Raising awareness of prostate cancer and raising funds for cancer research. That's the aim of today's R U Taking the P?, 5K fun run for men only which is taking place on Father’s Day.
In the last four years since its inception R U Taking the P? has raised £38,000 for Award-winning scientist Professor Norman Maitland from the University of York and his team at the Yorkshire Cancer Research unit.
“It is a known fact that nearly 41,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year and although around 80 per cent survive for five years or more, 10,000 men die annually from the disease,” said Brian. “It is a staggering statistic, but men are still unwilling to talk about it or do anything to help themselves. Women will sign up in their thousands to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, but men would rather sit back and do nothing,” he added.
“We are so grateful to Tesco and their Community Champion Duncan Barlett for allowing us this window of opportunity to promote awareness, not only of this terrible disease, but our run on Father’s Day which has become an annual event and now in its fourth year,” he added.
“It is ironic that Colin Jackson has just launched a similar run for men in Anglesey on the same day. However men in Yorkshire don’t have to travel to Anglesey, R U Taking the P? is right on their doorstep. We are encouraging men aged 15 years and over to sign up, wear their fancy dress and join in the camaraderie. If they are unable to run, they can walk and enjoy the scenery which takes them from Rowntrees Park, round Clifford’s Tower and back along the riverside over Millennium Bridge.”
You can find out more at the Yorkshire Cancer Research website on www.ycr.org.uk/running
Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research is the UK’s largest regional medical research charity (registered charity no. 516898)
Yorkshire Cancer Research exist to help the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer by funding £5m of world-class research into its causes, diagnosis and treatment each year.
They work in partnership with our 200 plus scientists and clinicians to develop expertise and talent within Yorkshire.
Current statistics that show 267 people die every week from cancer in Yorkshire and that survival rates are below the national average. By funding research in Yorkshire, we are ensuring that people with cancer who live in the region have access to groundbreaking treatments, while also contributing to the global fight against the disease.
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