Operation Transformation’s Fitness Expert, Karl Henry has officially launched the Irish Cancer Society’s marathon and running programme Run4Life in Westmeath this week.
Every year over 300 people take part in a marathon at home or abroad to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. This year we hope even more people from Westmeath will get their runners on and lace up to go the distance for the Irish Cancer Society.
Speaking at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s Run4Life programme, Karl Henry said: “As a personal trainer I know that getting fit and active is one of the best things you can do for your health. I would encourage everyone to find a challenge that might inspire them to get out there and train.
“Not only does the Run4Life programme help raise significant funds for the Society it also provides you with the support you need to take on this huge personal challenge”.
Whether you are fundraising for your first marathon or you haven’t done anything like this before, the Irish Cancer Society will support you every step of your journey. There are many events, big or small, you can sign up to as part of Run4Life, and they include the Cork Marathon on June 2, Dublin City Marathon on October 27 and New York Marathon on November 2.
“The cancer challenge in Ireland is an enormous one. One in three of us will develop cancer during the course of our lifetime and this year alone it is estimated that 33,000 people will develop cancer,” according to
The Irish Cancer Society Head of Fundraising Mark Mellett.
“We must do everything we can to combat this disease and with this in mind, we have developed our Run4Life programme which encourages people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, to get regular exercise and to run to support our free cancer services.”
Fergal Mullen, who is participating in the upcoming Boston Marathon for the Irish Cancer Society and Dana Farber Marathon Challenge said: “My wife Janey was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and spent much of the year in treatment and recovery. Her diagnosis was a terrible shock though thankfully, for me and our wonderful children, she has come through and is well again. To show my love for her, and our family, I wanted to do something significant to fight back against cancer and came up with a fundraising idea.”
“This year I am taking on three big challenges for three great organisations who are working to combat cancer. I am aiming to raise €100,000. The first of these challenges is the Boston marathon later this month which I will run with six friends under the ‘team Janey’ banner. Eight days later I will take on the Patrouille des Glaciers from Zermatt to Verbier and then later in July, I will participate in the Etape de Tour de France. The Irish Cancer Society will receive one-third of all funds that I raise,” Mr Mullen said.
To make a donation and help me reach my target please visit my JustGiving.com page and go to the ‘Team Janey Kent Mullen Challenge Fund’.”
Over 33,000 people in Ireland will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Join the fight against cancer and support those in your life affected by this disease. The Irish Cancer Society needs support now more than ever to continue to fund cancer research and support services. To join team Irish Cancer Society today: CallSave: 1850 60 60 60, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.cancer.ie/run4life