Local runner Jonny Graham, along with his family and running pals, will ‘Wear it out!’ to raise brain tumour awareness this Friday.
Jonny will join thousands around the UK donning bandanas to mark Brain Tumour Awareness Day. He has organised a short run and walk (and of course some cake afterwards) in support of The Brain Tumour Charity. Everyone taking part will wear a specially-designed bandana that is being sold to raise money for the charity.
In 2009, Jonny’s mum died from a brain tumour.
“My mum’s birthday is 7th March, so what better way to continue to celebrate her life each year than by helping to raise awareness and money for such an important cause.
“Running and my running friends are a huge part of my life now, so a short, social run is the best way I can think of to do this.
“I am determined to raise awareness of brain tumours, which have such a devastating effect on too many families.”
Jonny’s event will be a 4 mile run or 2 mile walk leaving from Galgorm car park at 6:30 p.m. on Friday 6th March 2015.
Bandana Day has celebrity support from actress and comedian Ronni Ancona, who has made a short video encouraging people to Wear it out! on March 6.
You can watch the video at www.thebraintumourcharity.org/bandanas-for-brain-tumours
Louise Taylor, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.
“We are leading the way in changing this, fighting brain tumours on all fronts by funding world-class research as well as offering support and information.
“We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Jonny that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”
Earlier this year The Brain Tumour Charity announced an unprecedented £12 million investment into research projects around the UK to drive forward the search for better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for brain tumours.