Cancer run aims to raise $300k

PHOTO: Cancer run aims to raise $300k

Following breast cancer month, runners are invited to take part in the National Cancer Centre's (NCC) annual charity run to raise money for cancer research.

"Run for Hope", organised in conjunction with Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and The Regent Singapore, aims to rope in 7,000 participants to raise S$300,000 in donations - of which S$0.80 of every dollar raised will go to cancer research.

The money will be used for new and on-going cancer research projects such as improving understanding of cancer triggers and treatment outcomes, and the evaluation of new treatment options.

The run will feature cancer survivor Ezzy Wang as Singapore's very own Terry Fox. Diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Ezzy, 44, lost his leg 12 years ago. This run will be the seventh time he is participating.

Run for Hope was inspired by the courageous act of Terry Fox, a Canadian teenager who ran a marathon across Canada to raise funds for cancer research despite one amputated leg due to bone cancer.

Over the years, more than 80,000 runners have run either the 4 or 10 kilometre route through the Botanic Gardens, Sentosa and East Coast Park.

This year's run will kick off at Angsana Green, East Coast Park, at 7.00 am, November 20, 2011. Registration will be open till November 12, 2011.

Participants can also look forward to getting a chance at the S$34,000 worth of lucky draw prizes up for grabs, with a 7-night stay at the Four Seasons Maldives as the main draw.

Tickets can be purchased for S$45 for adults and S$25 for children and youths between the ages of 5 to 18.