Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has encouraged Waterfordians to run or cycle a marathon distance during June to support people affected by cancer.

In Waterford, an average of 879 people are diagnosed with cancer annually. The ICS ‘Marathon in a Month’ initiative represents an opportunity to support people affected by cancer by raising funds to maintain new and existing cancer-related services going during the pandemic.

During the span of June, participants are being asked to record 42 kilometres of exercise within the existing public health guidelines – but you can also clock it up it in your home, your garden or an exercise bike.

According to ICS Fundraising Director Mark Mellett: “During these challenging times demand for our services is growing. We have expanded our Support Line (1800 200 700), introduced remote counselling and we are working hard to meet increasing demand for our Night Nursing Service. To ensure we can continue to meet these demands, we are relying on virtual and online events like Marathon in a Month now more than ever. With campaigns like Daffodil Day affected by the coronavirus, we are so grateful for those who have already signed up for Marathon in a Month. It really is a great way to complete a marathon safely and at the same time provide much needed care and support for cancer patients and their families at this very difficult time.”

Participants are being encouraged to link their everydayhero online fundraising page to their fitness app so that they can keep track of their progress as they raise money to assist the 40,000 people across the country who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Last year’s Marathon in a Month campaign raised over €130,000.

For further information, visit https://marathoninamonth.cancer.ie/

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