3,000 take part in Cancer Research UK Race for Life at Stormont
Almost 3,000 people took part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life at Stormont on Sunday.
Six-year-old Genevieve Graham and her sister Harriet (13), from Bangor were chosen to ring the bell for the off.
The girls were just two and nine when doctors broke the devastating news of mum Lisa's incurable kidney cancer. She died aged 39 in 2016.
They were joined by their dad, 45-year-old Peter, after the event which was open to men for the first time in its history.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. Runners of all abilities descended on Stormont estate to take part in the 5k and 10k events.
Many of those taking part have been affected by cancer including Gary Crossan, 37, a bowel cancer survivor from Banbridge who was taking part with his wife Julie (36) and daughters four-year-old Rowan and two-year-old Reesa. He was marking one year since finishing treatment this month after being diagnosed in October 2017 and undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.
Father of five Rob Humphreys from Ballymoney was running with his two oldest sons nine-year-old Alfie and eight-year-old Reuben. In 2013 he was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer which had spread to his stomach, chest and lungs.
Thankfully Rob underwent successful treatment and in December 2018 received the five-year all clear from cancer. He and his wife Danielle were advised that the cancer treatment may mean that they might not be able to have any more children naturally but they have had three more sons since then.
Their youngest son was born just a few weeks ago on May 6, 2019.
Every day, 25 people are diagnosed with cancer in Northern Ireland. One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Frances Kippax-Geary, Cancer Research UK’s Northern Ireland events manager, said: “We’d like to thank our VIP starters Genevieve and Harriet and everyone who came along to make Race for Life Belfast so special.
“Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. But thanks to the huge progress that has been made in the fight against the disease, more people in Northern Ireland are surviving cancer than ever before. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.”
Entries are still open for Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids, a 5K mud splattered obstacle course, which is on Saturday September 7 at Ormeau Park. To enter Race for Life visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
Belfast Telegraph Digital