Saturday, 31 May 2014

'Walk for Fun' and fight cervical cancer

Local woman Suzanne Fernando is asking for the support of Three Towns residents to take steps against cervical cancer by joining her on June 15th at 11:00am in Eglinton Country Park for the ‘Walk for Fun’.

The annual sponsored 5k walk marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week (June 8th-14th). Suzanne is leading the walk and is passionate about the cause after facing a diagnosis of cervical cancer herself in 2000. She explained, “When I was eight-months pregnant with my second daughter the doctor discovered a tumour in my cervix. Following the birth, I immediately underwent a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Going through a cancer diagnosis and caring for a newborn was the toughest challenge.”

Of the ‘Walk for Fun’, Suzanne said, “It is a positive, uplifting and enjoyable fundraiser to be involved with, whilst also raising funds for the fantastic work that Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust does in supporting women affected by this disease and campaigning for cervical cancer prevention. This is the second time we have organised a walk at Eglinton Park, raising over £1,000 in 2013. We’re now hoping to make it bigger and better each year.”

‘Walk for Fun’ is described as an opportunity for the whole family to fundraise and raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of cervical screening. In 2013 the initiative raised over £30,000 across the UK. Proceeds from the walks go to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only dedicated cervical cancer charity offering support and information for those affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.

Robert Music, Chief Executive of the Trust, said, “Every day nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three women will lose their battle to the disease. Yet cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to the cervical screening programme, which saves around 5,000 lives every year.

“Walk for Fun is a great way for the public to not only make a difference to the lives touched by cervical cancer but, crucially, to help prevent many more lives from being touched by the disease. For many who join us on the day it’s also an opportunity to remember those who have sadly lost their battle to the disease.”

More information on the Eglinton Park ‘Walk for Fun’ is available here. Alternatively, Judith Witting of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust can be contacted at Judith@jostrust.org.uk or by calling 0207 250 8311.

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