Brain Tumour Survivor to Tackle Leeds 10K for Yorkshire Cancer Research

05 July 2016

A BRAIN tumour survivor from Sheffield is preparing to take part in the Run for All Leeds 10K this Sunday (July 10) to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Elaine Shortridge, 46, will run in memory of her father-in-law, Douglas Shortridge, who was involved with the charity for more than 40 years. 

Dr Shortridge, a tanner by trade, served as Chairman of Yorkshire Cancer Research from 1975 to 1995. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his death from secondary liver cancer in 1996.

Elaine, a Self-employed ACCA Accountant, was just 15 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She underwent surgery and radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.

Since taking up running four years ago, Elaine has taken part in several events for charity. She has already completed two 10K runs this year, and participated in Yorkshire Cancer Research’s ‘Parky Run’ 5K event at Cannon Hall Farm in June.

Elaine, who is currently studying MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University and teaches karate in her spare time, said: “This year I am raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research both in memory of my father-in-law, who sadly I never met, and as a cancer survivor. Over the years I have lost other members of my family, colleagues and friends from cancer. 

“I am fortunate to have survived cancer and be able to go on and live a fulfilling life. Cancer affects the lives of the patients, their family and friends therefore we need to raise more money if we are ever going to beat it.”

Abbie Davis, Events Coordinator at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted that Elaine has chosen to support Yorkshire Cancer Research by taking on the challenge of the Leeds 10K. It’s a lovely way to remember Dr Shortridge, who played such an important role in the charity’s history. The money Elaine raises will help to improve cancer outcomes in Yorkshire.”

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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.
  • 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.
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