University researchers support Race for Life

Researchers from the Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre have been out in force supporting Cancer Research UK ‘Race for Life’ events in the region.

Twenty eight University scientists, clinical trials researchers and clinicians attended Race for Life at Cannon Hill Park on Sunday 22 July. Dr Pam Kearns, Director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit, took to the stage to speak to the participants about local research and progress in the fight against cancer. Thirteen researchers took part in the Race, raising a combined total of over £1,050, with the remaining researchers volunteering as marshalls and greeting the tired runners at the finish line with medals and water.

Cancer Research UK funded PhD students Beckie Port and Anna Williams attended Race for Life at Sutton Park on 16 and 17 June, giving speeches about their research and thanking the fundraisers. Anna also ran the Race with PhD student Laura Quinn.

Cancer Research UK funded PhD student Simrandip Gill took to the stage for her second year at Race for Life in Wolverhampton, where she got to meet local singer Beverley Knight. In addition, clinician Dr Guy Pratt attended Race for Life in Solihull for his second year running to speak to the participants about his haematology research and treatment of patients at nearby Heartlands Hospital.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in partnership with Tesco is an amazing women-only series of events, which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across the West Midlands survive. Last year almost 23,000 women took part in Race for Life in the West Midlands raising over £1 million for research. In 2011 Cancer Research UK spent more than £8 million in Birmingham on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

You can still sponsor the researchers who took part in Race for Life at the links below:
http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/birminghamcentre  
http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/cctt-girls  

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