Running for cancer research
3 March 2016
On 26 March 2016, over 20,000 runners will take to the streets of Cardiff in the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships. Joining them will be the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute’s very own Dr Lee Parry, whose work is focused on gaining a better understanding of the links between diet and cancer.
Dr Parry is running in memory of the late Professor Alan Clarke and will be raising money to support the important research that takes place at the Institute.
Speaking about his motivations for entering the race, Dr Parry said
“Here at the Institute, we are committed to developing new cancer therapies which make a real difference to the lives of patients. Our innovative and cutting-edge research looks at attacking cancer in a different way, and our ultimate goal is to transform the survival rates for patients suffering from all types of cancer.
It has taken on a little more significance for me lately as the Director of the Institute passed away over Christmas. Professor Clarke was a major figure in cancer research and had a great influence over my career and many others. He is sorely missed and I’ll be thinking of him on the way around.”
Every penny raised will go directly to fund cancer research in the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute.
Cardiff University is the title sponsor of the World Half Marathon Championships and our students and staff are heavily involved in the event in many ways including carrying out research on runners, offering physiotherapy support and providing volunteers.