Forty four runs for four decades of cancer research
Our very own Individual Giving Manager and #TeamWorldwide superstar Alan Moss was part of a team of 49 Worldwide Cancer Research supporters who took on this year’s Great North Run. And that’s not the only race Alan is running this year, as at the start of 2019 he vowed to complete 40 runs to mark Worldwide Cancer Research’s 40th year of funding life-changing projects. We asked Alan to let us know a bit more about why he’s taking on this gruelling challenge, and why it means so much to him.
“I really wanted to do something to celebrate the charity’s amazing milestone of four decades of finding and funding the boldest cancer research. A friend of mine has also been going through a really hard time with her cancer diagnosis for the past few years, so I felt I needed to do something to fund more research, but also that taking on this challenge is the least I can do. It is nothing compared to the challenge she’s been facing and the gruelling treatment she’s been going through.
However, I’ve now decided that I’m actually going to run 44 runs in 2019 so it’s now a 44-run challenge - because 44 people lose their life from cancer every day in Scotland. I want to support Worldwide Cancer Research in our mission to change this, and we can’t do that without vital support in the form of sponsorship and donations.
That’s 44 mums, dads, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters lost every day and I recently found out this is a number that has increased in the past few years. I want to help the charity fund more research and hopefully, I can inspire a few people to join in and help save more lives.
I watched my sister run the Great North Run a few years ago. The event is huge! There are so many people involved and it’s like one big running party. The atmosphere was incredible, so I’ve wanted to take part ever since. It’s an iconic run and I loved the buzz and excitement of being part of it.
I’m extremely proud to pull on my Worldwide Cancer Research jersey and raise vital funds for the charity as well as working as the Individual Giving Manager, encouraging others to give to this amazing cause. This challenge has given me the opportunity to tell lots of people about all the work we do, racing to find a cure for cancer.
For me, it’s a privilege to work for the charity and represent such a brilliant cause. I firmly believe that the research we fund now will save many, many lives in the future, including those of my loved ones, so I’m proud to be making a difference now.”
Click here to follow Alan’s journey as he takes on 44 runs in honour of the 44 people who die from cancer every day in Scotland.