Levein kick-starts cam­paign to beat breast can­cer

The Scotsman - - Features - Karl ManS­field

Scot­land foot­ball man­ager craig levein has given his back­ing to a char­ity cam­paign to help women beat can­cer.

levein, whose fa­ther died from throat can­cer in 1999, yes­ter­day helped to launch can­cer Re­search UK’s “join the fight for women’s sur­vival” cam­paign.

the fundrais­ing drive aims to gather £150,000 be­fore christ­mas.

levein said: “like so many Scots, I’ve lost fam­ily and close friends to this dis­ease. It is ter­ri­ble to see the im­pact it has on fam­i­lies, and it’s so im­por­tant we do ev­ery­thing we can to help beat it.

“can­cer Re­search UK is mak­ing huge strides in beat­ing the dis­ease, but they need your help, so I’m happy to kick-start this cam­paign and I hope lots of peo­ple in Scot­land will get right be­hind it.”

levein held a spe­cial train­ing ses­sion at Ham­p­den Park to help get fundrais­ing vol­un­teers and breast can­cer sur­vivors fit for the new cam­paign.

can­cer Re­search UK spokes- man John Fyall said: “the new cam­paign is a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help with the fight against breast can­cer amongst women.

“around ten women a day in Scot­land are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. It is the most com­mon can­cer amongst women.

“around 20 men a year are also di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in Scot­land, but more than 2,500 are di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer in Scot­land. How­ever, breast can­cer does af­fect men as well.

“craig has got his own cam- paign to look af­ter, and an im­por­tant game on 3 Septem­ber, so it’s great that he’s been such a sport and is help­ing us kick off this cam­paign.

“In the last few years, more women have been di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer than ever be­fore. But there is good news. thanks to re­search into ear­lier di­ag­no­sis and bet­ter treat­ment, more women are also sur­viv­ing.

“our re­search is beat­ing breast can­cer, but we still need peo­ple to help us fight harder. Ev­ery penny raised will help save more lives in the fu­ture.”

Craig Levein: ‘Like many Scots, I’ve lost fam­ily to the dis­ease’

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