You can help raise money for breast cancer research by getting moving at The Great Pink Run 2 weeks ago

You can help raise money for breast cancer research by getting moving at The Great Pink Run

Brought to you by Breast Cancer Ireland

Help yourself and others this month at The Great Pink Run.

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The nights and evenings are growing that little bit longer, but we're not in winter yet, which means there's still time to get out and about and make use of some fine autumn evenings.

But what if we told you there is a great way you can get out and make yourself more active and also help some others along the way?

Well, The Great Pink Run is returning this year once again and will allow you to raise money for breast cancer research while also having the added bonus of getting some fresh air and exercise.

The aim of the event is to turn the globe pink, with participants being encouraged to run, walk or jog the circumference of the globe (40,700km) over the course of the event weekend, and to log their distance, supporting Breast Cancer Ireland’s pioneering research and awareness programmes nationally.

Taking place over the course of a weekend on 16 October and 17 October, this year's Great Pink Run, sponsored by Glanbia and the Joe Duffy Group, will unite people all over the world virtually, challenging participants to walk, jog or run a distance of their choosing in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.

So, how does it work?

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  • Register for the event here
  • Walk, jog or run a distance of your choosing on the weekend of October 16 and October 17
  • Track the distance you complete and raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland

It really is that simple to get involved, and there's no better reason to get active over the coming weeks.

Dara McDonough is a Breast Cancer Ireland Patient Supporter and an Ambassador for this year’s Great Pink Run.

The 59-year-old from Gormanstown in Meath underwent a mastectomy early last year after discovering a prominent lump on his chest. Luckily for Dara, his cancer was discovered quite early and he received the positive news that he wouldn't require further treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, but he would need weekly drainage.

Dara says he feels very lucky and has nothing to complain about, apart from his somewhat uncomfortable weekly experiences sitting in the waiting room for his drainage appointments, where he is often the only man in the room.

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He understands that breast cancer for women is much more difficult for them to go through and doesn’t wish to make light of their experiences at all, he just wishes people realised that men could get breast cancer too. In fact, 1 in 1000 diagnoses of breast cancer are in males.

The money you raise will help Breast Cancer Ireland continue their pioneering research and awareness programmes nationally, which make a huge difference when it comes to sharing stories like Dara's and spreading awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer.

You can register for The Great Pink Run here.

This year The Great Pink Run virtual event takes place across local communities and across the world on the 16th and 17th October, raising funds to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s pioneering research and awareness programmes nationally. 

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Registrations for the national event are open on www.greatpinkrun.ie. Follow ongoing event updates on Instagram @GreatPinkRun and @BreastCancerIre or on Twitter using the hashtags #GPR2021 or #greatpinkrun

Brought to you by Breast Cancer Ireland