The Race for Life is a series of fund raising events (predominantly for women) who raise money from sponsors by running/walking or simply completing a 5km or 10km ‘race’. The money that is raised is donated to Cancer Research. In this post I am going to discuss some cancer facts and figures and how you can make a difference.
The Race for Life has been going on for 10 years now. Involving thousands of women each year in the summer month of June, from all over the country taking part in a race.
This years race fell on Sunday the 25th June. I took part in the Race for Life a few years back with my mum and all her friends.
My friend took part in this years race and she absolutely smashed the 10km in just over an hour! Me and a couple of other friends went to watch her finish and we joint her family for a BBQ back at hers. You see so many women there running for themselves, because they have beaten cancer. And so many more women running for loved ones, some who lost the battle, and some who beat it.
This is for such a good cause
Cancer Facts & Stats
- In 2012 there were 8.2 million cancer related deaths (and this is supposed to rise to 22 million within the next 2 decades)
- Lung cancer is the most common form/type of cancer
- Tobacco causes 22% of cancer related deaths
- In 2016 1.6m people were diagnosed with cancer alone
- 340,000 people in the UK are diagnosed each year
- More than a 3rd of cancer diagnoses are aged 75 and older
- Animals get cancer too
These statistics are just a few of the sad truths that have occurred because of this illness.
Cancer research has helped the survival rate double over the last 40 years.
This can only get better!
Race for Life IS NOT the only Cancer Research Charity event you can take part in or help contribute towards. There are many others such as walking events, social events.
Some people even take it upon themselves to raise money for the charity. Whether that be, sky dives, cutting hair etc.
PEOPLE EVEN RAN WITH THEIR DOGS!
There is always something you can do!
So many people are affected by cancer, and it is almost certain that you have known or will know someone who suffers from cancer.
Do your bit.
Keep an eye out on all your local charity events!!
Find the link below
And make sure to comment on this post for any charity events you’ve taken part in!