A Leeds woman will take part in the Leeds 10K for Yorkshire Cancer Research to say thank you for the cancer treatment received by her mum.
Beth Barlow, who works for NHS Digital, decided to sign up to the Run For All event after her mum began treatment for ovarian cancer at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.
The 40-year-old downloaded the ‘From couch to 10K’ online app to help her train for the event, which takes place on Sunday, July 8. Beth has also been taking part in boot camps at Armley Park with her son in preparation for the race.
Beth said: “My mum has been so strong and just got on with what needed to be done. I found this so inspirational. When she was admitted to St James’s Hospital for treatment I was overwhelmed by how caring and support the staff are, even though they are unbelievably busy.
“Seeing this, I realised I wanted to do something to help. Yorkshire Cancer Research funds research projects at the hospital so it seemed like the best way to give something back for the care my mum received. I hope the money I raise will help others diagnosed with cancer.”
Beth Barlow is taking part in the Leeds 10K to say thank you for her mum’s cancer treatment
Beth has so far raised more than £800 for Yorkshire Cancer Research. The charity aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer by funding research and community health projects throughout the region.
Charlie Jackett, Events and Conferences Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re delighted Beth has chosen to support Yorkshire Cancer Research by taking part in the Leeds 10K. There’s always a brilliant atmosphere at this popular event and we’re looking forward to cheering on Beth and all of our runners. We’d like to wish everyone the best of luck for the day.”
Jane Tomlinson CBE launched the Leeds 10K months before she passed away from cancer in 2007. The event has since raised millions of pounds for charity. The route starts on Vicar Lane and ends on The Headrow.
To sponsor Beth, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/bethbarlow. For more information about the Leeds 10K, and to sign up to run for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/events/leeds10K. Entries close at midnight on Wednesday, July 4.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: email@example.com
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.