Express joins fight against cancer

Wakefield woman who is in her first year as a Race for Life organiser will be thinking of the loss of own mum who inspired her to take up the job.' 'Sarah Threadgall, aged 22, of Thornes, is the new event manager for this year's Race for Life events at Wakefield and Pontefract. ' 'In 2002, when Sarah was just 12 years old and her brother Richard, 14, their mum Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 50.  Liz had a mastectomy, then underwent chemotherapy, and radiotherapy at Cookridge Hospital in Leeds.  She also took part in clinical trials to help research.  Cancer Research UK⬦.''Photography by Richard Walker/ImageNorth''www.imagenorth.net
Wakefield woman who is in her first year as a Race for Life organiser will be thinking of the loss of own mum who inspired her to take up the job.' 'Sarah Threadgall, aged 22, of Thornes, is the new event manager for this year's Race for Life events at Wakefield and Pontefract. ' 'In 2002, when Sarah was just 12 years old and her brother Richard, 14, their mum Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 50. Liz had a mastectomy, then underwent chemotherapy, and radiotherapy at Cookridge Hospital in Leeds. She also took part in clinical trials to help research. Cancer Research UK⬦.''Photography by Richard Walker/ImageNorth''www.imagenorth.net

Women around Wakefield are preparing to turn Thornes Park pink and raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

Around 2,000 fundraisers will take part in the third annual Race For Life on Sunday, June 2.

The charity is hoping to raise £160,000 to fund vital research which could one day lead to a cure for some of the 200 different cancers.

And the Express is joining in the fight by donating 1p from every edition sold on Friday, June 7.

Express group editor Mark Bradley said: “It doesn’t matter if you walk, run or even skip around Thornes Park next Sunday - you are helping Cancer Research carry out its groundbreaking work into a disease which affects so many families in Wakefield.

“And that is why the Express wants to play its part by donating and supporting a charity which helps so many people now and in the future.”

As well as making a cash contribution, we want to pay tribute to the woman who will tackling the 5km long course.

We will be printing a special supplement full of pictures of the runners, walkers and joggers as well as the reasons why they are taking part.

Sarah Threadgall, Cancer Research UK’s Wakefield events manager said: “Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life. They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.

“Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. It is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.”

To tell us why you are taking part go to our Facebook page or Tweet us with the hashtag #RaceForLife.

There is still time to register for the Race For Life. To enter go to www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 6006050 before May 29.