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Cardiff cancer survivor chosen as the voice of Race for Life

Cancer survivor Georgia Chapman, 27, who has been chosen as the voice of Cancer Research UK Race for Life events in Wales this year

A CARDIFF cancer survivor has been chosen as the voice of Race for Life events in Wales.

Georgia Chapman will share with participants how she was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 26th Birthday in a powerful audio recording which is set to be played to all everyone near the start line at Cancer Research UK Race for Life events in Wales this year.

The teaching assistant will also be the VIP starter at Cardiff’s Race for Life on Sunday July 10.

Georgia knows exactly how vital it is to raise funds for life-saving research after taking part in a Cancer Research UK cancer trial. She is now cancer free after having chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery and that’s why she’s urging people to visit raceforlife.org and enter.

Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancers – helping to save many more lives.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part in the bumper weekend of Race for Life activities on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10 at Coopers Field, Bute Park, Cardiff. Women, men and children can choose from 3k, 5k and 10k events. There is also a chance to take part in Pretty Muddy, a mud-splattered obstacle course and there’s a Pretty Muddy Kids option.

Georgia said: “I hope my story will help connect with people in the moments before they set off on the Race for Life course and I will also be taking part myself.

“It’s a privilege to have the chance through the audio recording at Race for Life events to thank the amazing people who are fundraising to support life-saving research.”

Georgia’s powerful story is one of six audio recordings from cancer survivors which will be played at Race for Life events across the UK this year.

Every year around 19,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales** and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. Events will follow current government guidance to protect against COVID-19 and hand sanitiser will be provided.

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in Wales, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Georgia for her support and know that her story will make an impact on participants when played on stage at the beginning of Race for Life.

“Sadly, cancer affects all of us in some way. Whether people are living with cancer, taking part in honour of or in memory of a loved one with cancer or signing up to protect their own children’s future, everyone has a reason to Race for Life. So we’re asking people across the region: ‘Who will you Race for?’”

“Our Race for Life events are open to all. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady still wins. For others, it’s a jog. Others may opt to push themselves harder, taking up the challenge of the 10K distance and even pushing for a new personal best time.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities. Race for Life Cardiff will be fun, emotional, colourful, uplifting and an unforgettable event this year.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, raises funds for world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said: “This will be our 21st year in partnership with Cancer Research UK and Race for Life and we hope this year can be the biggest yet.”