The Irish Cancer Society is appealing to those taking part in the Dublin Marathon on Monday 29th October join the Irish Cancer Society’s Run4Life Team. Not only will their participation generate much needed funds for cancer services – the Run4Life programme also offers vital support to those taking on the marathon challenge, giving added support during the final weeks of training.
Cliona Hegarty, National Campaigns Manager, Irish Cancer Society said “Running a marathon is a huge personal challenge, and to take on that feat while also raising money for the Irish Cancer Society is enormous. The cancer challenge in Ireland is huge. One in three of us will develop cancer during the course of our lifetime and this year alone it is estimated that 30,000 people will develop cancer.
We rely on the public’s goodwill and support to continue to provide our free nationwide patient care services. Last year over 300 people ran marathons for us at home and around the world, this year we are glad to see more people get their running shoes on and help outrun cancer.” Cliona continued.
Most recent data from the National Cancer Registry shows that 6,667 people were diagnosed with cancer in Dublin in 2010. Cancer will affect one in three people during the course of their lifetime. However more people are surviving cancer because people are being diagnosed at an earlier stage and treatments are advancing through research.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Run4Life programme offers people the opportunity to run a marathon at home or overseas and raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. Part of the programme is training support from former Olympian Marie Murphy. Coach Murphy gives exclusive training programmes and nutrition plans to participants, tailored to their specific needs. The programme is open to anyone who has ever dreamed of completing a marathon, beginners and experienced runners, with support can get you across the finish line, while raising much needed funds for the Society’s services.
Cancer in Ireland
Ireland’s cancer rate is one of the highest in the world. One in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our life time and it is estimated that by 2020, 40,000 new cases will be diagnosed. Latest data from the National Cancer Registry shows that 26,255 people were diagnosed with cancer in Ireland in 2010.These stark figures mean that there is an ever increasing demand for the direct patient care services provided by the Irish Cancer Society.