Last year 1,700 people took to the streets of Paisley to take part in the 10k, that’s around half the number of people who are living with a breast cancer diagnosis in Renfrewshire today.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and every year more and more people are looking to Breast Cancer Care Scotland to help support them through their diagnosis.
Kim Fergusson from Paisley was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 30. As a single mum Kim wanted to stay strong for her children but she also needed someone to talk to about her diagnosis and treatment.
Kim says of that time, “I had so many questions and I didn’t know where to turn, I signed up for Breast Cancer Care’s Younger Women Forum because I wanted to meet other women my age who were going through the same thing as me. The two day course was wonderful, I drew so much strength from hearing other peoples experience and being able to share how I was feeling.
11 years on and I am now a Breast Cancer Care Volunteer and I’m proud to be able to offer other women the kind of support that was so important to me throughout my treatment and beyond.”
MSP George Adam said:
“I will again be running the Paisley 10k, but this year I will be donning the pink of Breast Cancer Care. After meeting with the charity at the Scottish Parliament I was very impressed with the support services they provide for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
“My office will also be entering the race and it’s our hope that we can raise awareness of Breast Cancer Care’s services. We need all the help we can get in crossing that finishing line, so if you see me jog slowly past, and you won’t miss me wearing pink, then please give as much encouragement as you can!”
Sarah Herrett, Area Fundraising Manager for Scotland said, “We are delighted that George has joined Team Breast Cancer Care! His support will help us to increase awareness of the services we provide to people like Kim in his constituency. We are looking for more people to join our team, if you would like to join George at the Paisley 10k on 28th August please call 0141 353 8354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your free support pack and running t-shirt”