The Harrogate Race for Life was huge success today (20 May 2012) attracting the crowds to this years new route around the Stray. Crowds gathered from 9am and were entertained by the StrayFM team of James Stanley and Nick Stanley on stage.
Lindsay, who was taking part in the race said:
My mum is currently fighting leukaemia in St James’ oncology unit. She has been in remission twice, but we heard the news last week that she had relapsed. Cancer, in any form, is devastating for the sufferer and their friends and family, and if having a wander round the stray on a sunday morning can do something to help a family in our position not have to hear the horrific word ‘relapse’, then I’m supporting it 100%.
Kirstie from Harrogate said:
In 2010 my dad was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and was told it was terminal, with the help of Cancer research he was able to receive the best treatment and by some miracle he went into remission, this charity helped give me my Dad and my children their grandad back, its a very emotional day to read everyones signs and lets you know you aren’t on your own.
My family and I did the race for life as a dedication to my sister Marie who we lost to cancer in February this year,she was a brave lady who fought hard and it totally devastated our family we miss her so much.
Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research. So money raised through Race for Life is crucial to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.
Last year, 2,741 women took part in Race for Life in Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground and raised a fantastic £143,963 This year, organisers want 2,500 women and girls to put their best foot forward and help raise £125,000 for vital research.
The amount raised does rely on people collecting and returning any sponsorship money and the organisers have asked that money is returned promptly.
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Race for Life 2012 – The warm up