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Durham Cancer Researchers Join Race for Life

(17 May 2005)

Durham University Cancer scientists are swapping test tubes for trainers as they get ready to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

A team of 15 researchers and laboratory staff, who work together at the Department of Biomedical and Biological Sciences has signed up to take part in the 5km women only event.

The team will be joining Race for Life at Sunderland’s Herrington Country Park on Sunday, June 5th.

Team captain Lorna Marshall, 23, from Langley Park, County Durham, is funded by Cancer Research UK.

Lorna says: “Cancer cells can grow, invade other tissues, and spread to other parts of the body. I’m working with a team of scientists looking at how cancer cells move and invade other tissues. This could help design better treatments and tool for diagnosing cancer in the future.”

Miss Marshall adds: “As my funding comes from Cancer Research UK, I know first hand how important fundraising is and how joining Race for Life can help to make a real difference.”

Every week, 120 women in the North East are diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, supported by Tesco, is a series of fundraising walks or runs open to all women across the UK.

Already over 11,800 women have signed up for the five events taking place in the North East.

Janet Cooper, Cancer Research UK Race Organiser, says: “We are delighted that so many women have already registered to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.”

She adds: “There are places available for Race for Life in Sunderland but you need to register as soon as possible.”

Race for Life is open to women of all fitness levels - it’s the money you raise, not the time you complete the course in, that is important.

Janet Cooper, from East Layton, North Yorkshire, adds: “Every penny raised in sponsorship will go directly to Cancer Research UK, to help fund our life-saving research into ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.”

She continues: “If you already have a place in this year’s race, it is never too early to start fundraising, whether you choose to do this through signing up sponsors or something a little more unusual.”

“If you need some ideas to boost your efforts, why not run a sweepstake on your finishing time, set up your own fundraising website, or ask your company to support you?”

Cancer Research UK supports the work of scientists, doctors and nurses in the North East who are dedicated to curing cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to prevent and treat it.

Janet adds: “People like you have helped to put us where we are today. But we need your help to go further.”

To enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life log on to www.raceforlife.org or call the hotline on 08705 134 314.

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