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Help us with publicity
Many people are inspired to take part in Race for Life because they have read about real women’s cancer experiences in their local newspaper.
Are you taking part because you, or a loved one, have been touched by cancer? Would you be willing to be photographed and appear in your local press? If yes, please share your story with us and help us show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink.
We will always contact you if there is an opportunity to involve you in publicity and we will not give your information to the media without your permission. Your story will be treated confidentially and won’t be available for other participants to read without your permission.
Read some inspirational stories
Find out what to expect by reading the stories of some of our brave and brilliant women:
Helen Weller was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014 after finding a lump under her armpit.
She underwent chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and radiotherapy, yet throughout was determined to keep her life as normal as possible – even cycling to hospital for chemotherapy due to her dislike of the underground.
Fortunately Helen reacted well to the treatment which finished in April 2015, and has been continuing to challenge herself ever since.
“I just thought ‘why not?’ she explains. “If I can get through cancer I can do anything. I love exercise and I want to really push myself to the limit.”
In October 2015 Helen took part in the Race for Life Half Marathon and completed it in 2 hours 15 minutes – just one week after completing the Berlin Marathon. Talking about the day she says:
The Race for Life Marathon was really great fun. I have taken part in a lot of running events including marathons and half marathons but the atmosphere at this event was so special. It was incredibly supportive and uplifting. I was so proud to be involved and to be able to give something back to Cancer Research UK.
"I was originally diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 24, but was successfully treated for the disease. However, early last year I found a lump in my breast, and now at 38, I am currently fighting cancer for the second time.
I have been through 21 weeks of chemotherapy, which was followed by surgery to remove my breast and a reconstruction. I’d been feeling pretty positive until in June the doctors discovered the cancer had spread to my liver. I have been reassured that there are different treatments to try and I am currently taking hormone therapy to help keep the tumour/secondary cancer under control for as long as possible.
It’s thanks to research that I’m here today and your Race for Life sponsorship makes such a difference, as every pound you raise helps Cancer Research UK prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Thank you for your support."