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Sally-Anne's story

In 2014, Sally-Anne was diagnosed with stage 3-breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy followed by six cycles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was unable to continue working as a head teacher.

Following her treatment, Sally-Ann is making progress and focuses on the positives in her life. She is taking Tamoxifen and has regular six monthly check-ups and has now returned to work full-time.

She took part in Race for Life alongside her daughter and colleagues, helping to raise more than £1000.

Liz's story

When Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer, she burst into tears and asked if she was going to die but after talking to her surgeon, she went from thinking "my life is over" to "there’s hope for me".

Liz had a lumpectomy 10 days after her diagnosis, and also opted for fertility treatment so her eggs could be frozen. She then had chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is now awaiting an elective mastectomy after being diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene.

Liz is determined to show cancer who’s boss and that’s why she took part in Race for Life 2015.

Where your money goes

Where your money goes

Cancer Research UK are the the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They've saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer that will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research.

They're the only organisation who fund research into more than 200 types of cancer, including the one that's most important to you.

Cancer Research UK receive no Government funding for their research so they need your support through events like Race for Life to help them continue their groundbreaking work and help more people survive cancer.

Colleague support

Colleague support

Every year tens of thousands of you sign up to take part in an event or volunteer your time to cheer your colleagues across the finish line and we wanted to thank you for your ongoing support. In 2016 we will be celebrating our 15th year supporting the event and without you we couldn't achieve everything that we do to help beat cancer sooner. With nearly 300 Race for Life events to choose from including 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy, sign up now at

Make a donation

If you want to help us fight cancer but can't take part this year, you could make a donation online to Cancer Research UK to support our fight.

Tick the Gift Aid box if you are a UK taxpayer. Gift Aid can increase the value of your donation by at least 25% - at no additional cost to you. Don't forget to leave a message of support when you make your donation.

Please note that if you are donating on behalf of a group, company, or someone else, then we cannot claim Gift Aid on the donation.

More ways to help

More ways to help

The success of Cancer Research UK's Race for Life is down to so many people, from the thousands of volunteers who support our events on the day to our corporate partners - and of course all the wonderful people who sponsor women taking part.

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Get the Race for Life app

Our free app will help you raise even more money for your Race for Life event with fantastic tips and tools you can share. You can also use the app to keep track of your donations and receive vital updates ahead of your event.

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