The team from Paula’s Run are getting geared up to make this year’s Run on Sunday 16th March, the huge success it has been for the last six years.
Lecky’s ViVOXTRA have come on board for the third year running as the main sponsor of the event. The run and walk is held in memory of Paula Gallen who was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 36 and passed away aged 43.
This year is a special year for the Run because of the loss of Dr Jenny Quinn from Queen’s University. Dr Quinn’s work into finding a cure for breast cancer was heavily supported by Paula’s run, of which she had attended with her family in the past and spoke publically about the work and the progress towards a cure.
Christine Lynch, Paula’s Run event committee, commented on their commitment to the ongoing research for a cure “The work has not stopped and it is very important that we keep working to find a cure and to support those who are suffering with the disease. The funds raised from the run and walk are donated to Breast Cancer Campaign and Castlederg Palliative Care and Comfort Fund to help those afflicted with the disease in the local area.” In addition this year the ‘Big Bus’ will be at the Derg Valley Leisure Centre on Saturday 15th March to allow women to have breast checks and men to have an MOT. The service is free of charge and is organised by the team to allow people easy access to health checks. Pat Gallen, urged everyone to get their pink gear on - the colour of support for those with breast cancer - and come out for a walk, jog or run. There are multiple spot prizes for all those taking part and as usual refreshments will be available for all participants. The run and walk have attracted up to 1000 participants each year and was awarded the Breast Cancer Campaign’s Fundraiser of the Year 2010.
Remember to ‘Get your Pink on!’ too and help raise awareness of breast cancer. This year the organisers are hoping for an even bigger pink party to raise much needed funds. More details can be found on www.paulasrun.com. Money can also be donated online at www.justgiving.com/paulas-run
The run will follow the route it has taken every year so get training and let’s make this year the biggest and best yet.