Race for Life runners - hand in sponsor money

In the pink: Thousands of women joined in the Preston Race for Life
In the pink: Thousands of women joined in the Preston Race for Life
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The thousands of women who united at Moor Park to conquer cancer at this year’s Race for Life are being urged to make every step count by paying in their sponsorship money as soon as possible.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Preston saw a formidable army of mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls take part in the 5k event on June 15.

Maria Montgomery, Race for Life event manager for Preston, said: “I want to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part in Race for Life, and their supporters, as well as our heroic volunteers.

“It was a fantastic day, full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as over 2,000 women joined forces to show cancer who’s boss.

“Now I’m asking all the women who took part – and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them – to transform their passion into progress by returning the money they’ve raised as soon as possible, we have had a great response in our return this year so a huge thank you for that.

“Cancer Research UK doesn’t receive any Government funding for its ground-breaking work.

“So every single individual contribution matters. It enables our researchers to help more men, women and children in Preston survive this devastating disease.

“Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event.

“It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference.

“So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible. It can be paid in online, by phone or by cheque.”

Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West Region.

But the good news is that research, supported by Race for Life events in the North West, is helping more people survive than ever before.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Today, more than 95 per cent of men diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured. More women are surviving breast cancer and more children are surviving childhood cancers than ever before.