Bradford Council Colleagues to Tackle Leeds Half Marathon for Yorkshire Cancer Research

11 May 2017

A pair of Bradford Council colleagues are preparing to take on the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research. 

John O'Hare and Michael Churley, who are both Local Government Officers at the council, were inspired to take part in the event by their colleague Rebecca Trueman, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. 

John’s mum Carole passed away at the age of 66 last May after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and his sister-in-law Angela is also currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Together the friends have already raised more than £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is dedicated to improving cancer outcomes in the region.

John O'Hare and Michael Churley are taking part in the Leeds Half Marathon for Yorkshire Cancer Research

The 32nd Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon takes place this Sunday (May 18), and will see more than 8,500 people running to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. 

40-year-old John, who lives in Bradford and will be running the distance for the first time, said: “Losing my mum was a real shock for all our family as we’re really close. In contrast, Rebecca has responded really well to her treatment and she is now on the mend. She’s undergone a successful operation and chemotherapy and now she’s waiting for a course of radiotherapy. She’s a great example of how advances in treatment are helping more people survive cancer. 

“Rebecca is a really keen runner. She’s kept running throughout her treatment and has registered to do next year’s London Marathon. When Michael suggested we did a half marathon for charity I couldn’t say no. We’re raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research because we wanted to support a local charity which is doing great things to improve future outcomes for local people and their loved ones.”

Michael, who is 48, lives in Leeds and enjoys taking part in triathlons, added: “We've been training and encouraging each other, and Rebecca and our families are proud of us for our fundraising efforts.”

Abbie Davis, Events Co-ordinator at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: "We are so grateful to John and Michael for taking on the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research. Running in memory of John's mum and in support of his sister-in law and their colleague will be an emotional experience, but hopefully very rewarding. The money they raise with their challenge will help us raise awareness of cancer, promote screening programmes and fund innovative research projects from diagnosis to end-of life care.”




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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.
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    • 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.
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