Night-time 10K walk to Shine a light on cancer

Evening Times - - NEWS - By HOLLY LEN­NON

HUN­DREDS of Glaswe­gians are pre­par­ing for special night-time stroll to raise money for char­ity.

Shine Glas­gow, in aid of Cancer Re­search, will see the group take on a 10k tour around the city.

Ben Dale is one of many who will be walk­ing through the night with three of his col­leagues from the Cancer Re­search shop on Queen Street.

Like many oth­ers, the 37-yearold is no stranger to t he life-chang­ing dis­ease.

Af­ter vis­it­ing one of the char­ity’s pioneer­ing screen­ing cen­tres, his mother Susi Dale was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer.

He ex­plains: “She was di­ag­nosed through a screen­ing process, they found a lump and they were re­ally amaz­ingly quick in treat­ing her and get­ting her in for ra­dio­ther­apy.

“It’s only be­cause of the screen­ing pro­gramme that it was caught early on that she is still with us.

“I’ve also lost my grandad to it and some friends.

“It’s great just to know that there are peo­ple out there who are fight­ing to help peo­ple through it and it’s such a cruel dis­ease that af­fects ev­ery fam­ily. You’re hard pushed to find some­one who doesn’t know some­one who has gone through it.

“If me work­ing for Cancer Re­search and help­ing raise money means one less fam­ily has to go through what I’ve been through, that’s an amaz­ing thing.”

Those tak­ing part in Shine Glas­gow are able to choose which type of cancer they would like to raise money to com­bat.

The route, which starts at the Scot­tish Event Cam­pus, will take par­tic­i­pants on a tour of the city’s most fa­mous sights, in­clud­ing the SSE Hy­dro, King’s The­atre, Gallery of Mod­ern Art and Ge­orge Square.

Hav­ing taken part in the unique event in 2011, Ben is look­ing for­ward do another ‘amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’.

“It’s so dif­fer­ent to do­ing other sorts of events – to do it through the night”, he ex­plains.

“Peo­ple are al­ways quite hes­i­tant to take part in the events but there’s so much love and sup­port out there – you’re never alone.”

Ben Dale, above right with friend Fraser Lyons, will be tak­ing on the Shine walk. Ben fundraises for the char­ity af­ter his mother, Susi, be­low, was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer Pic­ture: Colin Mearns

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