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Relay for Life launches in Carlisle

[G]roups of Cumbrian families, friends and colleagues are being urged to get the New Year off to a great start by signing up a team to Cancer Research UK’s Carlisle and Eden Valley Relay for Life in 2018.

Over 60 people are diagnosed with cancer in Cumbria every week.

And that’s why Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life committee are calling on teams of families, friends or colleagues in Cumbria to fight back against this devastating disease by entering Relay for Life at Sheepmount Stadium on Saturday, September 8.

Organised by a dedicated volunteer committee, Relay For Life is a 24-hour community celebration. Teams, cancer survivors, their carers and volunteers come together to take part in a 24-hour Relay For Life event to show that together, we’re stronger than cancer. Participants take it in turns to walk laps of a track, all day and all night to show cancer never sleeps.

The event involves music from local performers and stalls and games provide fun for all the family.

By starting or joining a Relay For Life team, and raising as much as you can, you will bring us a step closer to the day when all cancers are cured.

Liz Harrison, chair of the voluntary committee who organise the event on behalf of Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re urging groups of people of all ages to take on Relay for Life in Carlisle and Eden Valley and sign up a team now.

“The event is new to Carlisle this year and is part of a world movement of over 5000 Relay events – we celebrate survivorship, remember those lost, and fight back against cancer together.

“Bring together 8-15 friends, family or colleagues. Get the kids involved. Set a team goal and lead your team to fundraising success. At the Relay For Life event you’ll lead from the front as your team proves that together we’re stronger than cancer.”

“Anyone who has ever heard the words “you have cancer” is invited to join Relay For Life as VIP guest, and to lead the festivities by taking part in the Survivors’ Lap of Honour. We encourage Survivors to invite a caregiver (someone who has looked after you, held your hand or been a friend during your illness) to join the celebrations, too.”

Money raised through Relay for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Cumbria.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Liz continued: “We’re calling on the brave people of Cumbria to show their fighting spirit and take on cancer at this year’s event.”

To enter Relay for Life today go to or call 0300 123 1026.

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