An Eastbourne father and grandfather who is surviving cancer has inspired his sister-in-law to organise a Relay for Life in the town later this year.
Mick Fryer encouraged Janet Geering to organise the event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Mick has strong links with Eastbourne having lived and worked in the town for most of his life and Janet is the event chair for Relay for Life, a unique celebration of life and hope, which unites communities to help beat more than 200 types of cancer.
The event is the only one of its type in East Sussex and Janet is hoping people who attend will also be inspired to organise this event in their area. Janet lost two close friends at the age of 51 years and wants to do something positive to find a cure.
She is encouraging friends, families and work colleagues to join together and enter teams for the event at Eastbourne Borough FC, Priory Lane on July 25-26 this year.
Eastbourne Borough Football Club is sponsoring the event by providing the venue and facilities free of charge and Janet is very grateful for their support.
Mick is taking part in the Lap of Honour and also hopes other cancer survivors, and people currently undergoing treatment, will join him to mark the start of the fundraising festival.
When Mick was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, he had a pain in his groin which he thought was a hernia. He was with treated radiotherapy and hormone implants. Now 12 years later he is leading the Relay For Life to raise funds to conquer the disease.
During the relay itself, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys a wide range of fun activities on offer. As Relay For Life is non-stop through the night, those team members not on the track can take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents which are set up close by.
Mick said, “More than one in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. Taking part in Relay For Life is about being part of the community united in the belief that it can make a difference and help beat cancer. We have made so much progress in the fight against this devastating disease, but it’s not just technology or knowledge that we need to win the battle to beat cancer – it’s funding.”
Money raised through Relay For Life funds the work of thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to saving more lives by preventing, controlling and curing all cancers.
Thanks to Cancer Research UK’s work, more people are surviving cancer than ever before and survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years. But despite improvements in treatment, cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths in the UK.
For more information, to register for the event, fund raise or provide sponsorship visit Relay For Life at www.eastbourne relay.com or http://relay. cancerresearchuk.org