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There's still time to register for Children's Cancer Run.

AROUND 7,000 North East fun runners of all ages and abilities will be putting their best foot forward for the 34th annual Children's Cancer Run.

The event, at Newcastle Racecourse on Sunday, May 15, is organised by the North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund (NECCR) to help raise vital funding for research into childhood cancers.

Every penny raised goes towards the work of the NECCR to improve the lives of children with cancer in the North of England.

Last year the Children's Cancer Run raised over PS189,000 for the NECCR, adding to the PS5 million which has already been raised by the event over the past three decades.

Cancer is the number one cause of non-accidental death in young children in the UK.

The money raised for the NECCR directly funds research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer, helping to establish the North East as one of the world leaders in this specialist area of research.

This year's runners will include 34-year-old Alex Fawcett from Stannington, the father of three-yearold Joseph, who was diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT) aged just eight months.

The Fawcett family is fundraising for the NECCR throughout 2016 and has already smashed their initial target to raise PS11,000 - the equivalent of PS1,000 for each round of chemotherapy Joseph had to endure during treatment.

Cancer survivor and chairman of the NECCR, Chris Peacock, said: "The NECCR continues to do fantastic work to help children with cancer.

"A child with cancer in the 1980s would have just a 30% chance of survival, yet today the same diagnosis has over an 80% chance of clearing. It's so important to continue to raise vital funds for research into children's cancer, so we can defeat the disease once and for all. That's why the Children's Cancer Run is such a tremendous event to be part of." Metro Radio will be hosting a roadshow live from the event and Stagecoach bus drivers have volunteered their time to operate a special shuttle service on the day.

Participants can enter as a single runner, as part of a team, or with their school. Runners will receive a medal, T-shirt and a Gregg's picnic to share with their friends and family.

| |Closing date for on-line entries is Thursday May 5. | www.facebook.com/NECCRrun | | @NECCRrun | | To register, visit: www.childrenscancerrun.co.uk

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