Banchory team in the running for research

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Team Banchory is supporting GASTROCAN (Grampian Gastro-oesophageal Cancer Research Fund) by running either the 5,10k on April 28 or the 15 mile multi terrain on April 29. 

GASTROCAN is a small local charity and has been one of the nominated charities’ for this year’s Run Balmoral http://www.runbalmoral.com/charities/

It is the only charity raising money specifically for research into stomach and oesophageal cancer.

All funds donated are used to support local research efforts into this devastating disease, to benefit local patients and enable the University of Aberdeen to lead national and international research projects.

This devastating form of cancer is rising and Scotland has one of the highest incidences of the disease in Europe.

Dr Russell Petty, who leads the Aberdeen University and NHS Grampian research into the causes and treatments of this devastating disease, said: “Unfortunately, stomach and oesophageal cancers are amongst the most aggressive forms of cancer and at present only one in ten patients are cured.

This contrasts with much better results for other forms of cancer and accordingly research to improve the treatment of stomach and oesophageal cancer is seen as a medical priority.”

Team Banchory are once again raising money to help support research into stomach and oesophageal cancer. Laura Tulloch, fundraising co-ordinator, said: “Last year, Dr Petty - who lives in Banchory - promised to run with the team in 2012 and true to his word is currently training hard.

We have 23 members this year and are hoping to raise some much needed funds for our research programme.” You can support Team Banchory by going to their just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/GASTROCAN-RunBalmoral2012 or visit the website for further information www.gastrocan.org.uk.