Race for Life returns to Glasgow as thousands unite against cancer

Glasgow Green was awash in pink as thousands of people gathered at the starting line for the annual Race for Life event.

Since its launch, more than 10 million people have participated in Race for Life.

Raising millions of pounds to fund gentler and more effective treatments to fight the disease.

Glasgow Green was awash in pink as thousands of people gathered at the starting line for the annual Race for Life event.STV news

Laura Eggo, from East Kilbride, discovered a lump while breastfeeding her daughter Ivy during the pandemic. It turned out to be cancer.

“In just a few months, I went from the joy of celebrating the birth of our daughter with all the special people in my life to spending hours on a hospital ward,” she said.

“Cancer was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced and there were scary moments. Life changes in a second when you are told you have cancer. It was really weird. I wasn’t prepared for it. On my fortieth birthday, I was preparing for chemotherapy treatment.

“It is vital to raise awareness so that women know that if they discover a lump in their breast while breastfeeding their baby, it is vital to have it investigated.

“I went to breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers, but the need to be aware of breast lumps was never mentioned to me.

Laura Eggo, from East Kilbride, discovered a lump while breastfeeding her daughter Ivy.STV news

“After I discovered a lump, I ignored it for a while because I just attributed it to breastfeeding.”

Statistics show that between five and ten percent of diagnosed cancers are linked to an inherited defective gene called BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Laura, who has the faulty gene, has been advised by her doctors to consider mastectomy surgery and have her ovaries removed.

Laura, now in remission, was guest of honor at the Glasgow race, cheered on by her daughter Ivy.

“It was very emotional to see her, she inherited the gene from me, so seeing her here was really emotional.

Since its launch, more than 10 million people have participated in Race for Life.STV news

“Ivy is going to school after the summer, which is hard to believe. She spent her formative years in the middle of a global pandemic while her mother battled a grueling cancer journey.

“Despite this, Ivy has been a constant source of joy and inspiration, with a strong personality and an infectious sense of fun. I’m so glad I’m still here for her.”

Around 34,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland every year.

Professor Seth Coffelt from the Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute is leading a team in the city investigating new ways to treat cancer.

He said: ‘Researchers like me are hard at work every day conducting experiments to try to understand how cancer starts, how cancer spreads and how cancer can be treated.

“All these research efforts cost money, because research is expensive. That’s why I’m so grateful to all the runners and walkers who gave their time to collect donations. It’s great to see.”

Glasgow plays host to the largest Race for Life event in Britain, raising £750,000 from this event alone.

Race for Life Glasgow saw 15 members of the Strathaven Superhoopers power their way through the entire 5km course.

The group, which has raised more than £800, supports the event every year in memory of fellow hooper Michele Osborne who died from breast cancer in December 2019.

Costumes include inflatable flamingos and dinosaurs.

Race for Life events taking place across the country are open to all ages and abilities.

It covers events everywhere from Aberdeen to Glasgow, Edinburgh to Dundee, Falkirk to Fife, Inverness to Irvine.

The money raised by Race for Life has helped develop radiotherapy, which benefits more than 130,000 people with cancer in the UK every year.

Scientists funded by Cancer Research UK led the development of the vaccine against the Human Papillomavirus Virus, which is expected to prevent almost 90 percent of cervical cancer cases in Britain.

Cancer Research UK wants to accelerate progress and ensure that three in four people survive their cancer by 2034.

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