n Cancer specialist’s appeal to Rugby

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A CHILDREN’s doctor is leading the way by running ten Race for Life events to raise funds for vital research projects after seeing the trauma of families hit by the disease.

Dr Pam Kearns, head of the Children’s Cancer Trials Team at the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit in Birmingham, is urging others to put on their trainers and take part in this year’s event in Rugby.

The 5k route takes place at Rugby’s Whitehall Recreation Ground and takes in some of the grounds of Rugby School.

Dr Pam Kearns, who co-ordinates groundbreaking clinical trials in 21 centres across the UK, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where she works as a paediatric oncologist, said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never run before - you can walk, stroll and have a chat with friends.

“The feeling of camaraderie is just amazing.

“Although over 75 per cent of children now survive cancer, our absolute goal is to increase this to 100 per cent survival.”

Dr Kearns will run a total of 60km during Race for Life events in Worcester, Solihull, Stratford Upon Avon, Dudley, Stafford, Stoneleigh Park, Weston Park, Redditch, and ending in Rugby on July 31.

Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer in the UK.

n Women and girls in Rugby of all ages and abilities can do their bit by taking part in the event, a first for Rugby.

Telephone 0871 641 1111 or visit www.raceforlife.org.