The city centre of Cambridge turned pink on Sunday, 20 July 2014, as more than 6,700 women (plus a few kids, dogs and a cat) ran, jogged or walked to raise money for the fight against cancer. The Race for Life is a women-only 5km event weaving its way around the city’s landmarks and raises money for Cancer Research UK. It starts at Parker's Piece and finishes on Jesus Green.
Our receptionist, Michaela McNeill, has been doing the event for a few years and this year she was joined by Vanessa Blake (Computer Officer), Sandra Crawford (from Accounts) and Amanda Taylor (Graduate Admissions).
Vanessa and Sandra have personal reasons for wanting to give something back to Cancer Research. This time last year, they were both being treated for breast cancer, but this year, they were pleased to be well enough to walk the course themselves.
Vanessa said, "A year ago, I went down to Parker's Piece to see Michaela off. I had just completed chemotherapy and was about to start radiotherapy. I had no hair and after seeing her off at the start line, I didn't even have the energy to take the short cut to the finish line to see her come in. This year, I feel so much better. It was a great day - hot and sticky, but the thunder and lightning held off until later in the afternoon. There were people all round the course, cheering us on and encouraging us. I am grateful to everyone who supported us and to the staff at Addenbrooke's hospital and cancer researchers who made my treatment possible."
Members of the department and friends and family of the team have been very generous and they have already reached their target of £1000, but if you would still like to donate, it's not too late. The team is called "A bunch of boobs" and you can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/a-bunch-of-boobs/ until 7 September 2014.