Taking steps to finish cancer
Rutherford and Kennedy started the race at Happisburgh beach in Norfolk, where they ran three miles in the bespoke trainers to imprint FINISH CANCER across the coastline – the equivalent of around 5,000 footsteps.
Now, a team of our researchers, students and supporters will continue the run across Britain’s beaches, leaving the powerful message in the sand in their wake.
The six-week long race will ultimately see the words ‘FINISH CANCER’ imprinted 167,000 times across 100 miles of beach in England, Scotland and Wales.
Professor Chris Bakal and his team, study the biological switches that cause cells to change shape, become cancerous and spread around the body, in order to find a way to control them through drugs or other therapies. He says:
“For each of the 167,000 steps that Erin, Greg, our supporters and researchers take, representing the number of people who die of cancer each year, we hope to increase support for our work, and raise funds that will help us make steps in the lab and the clinic that save lives in the UK and around the world. It’s our hope, that with further support, we can help many more people survive cancer and live well with the disease.” – Professor Chris Bakal, Professor of Cancer Morphodynamics
Our bespoke running shoes have been created by sustainable running shoe brand Bahé – a brand that focuses on the positive energy generated through running and how that energy can be transferred through the body. The design process was led and overseen by Bahé co-founder Alex Ward.
Alex and his team spent more than 100 hours working tirelessly on the hybrid running shoe Recharge to create the custom soles, developing various prototypes before landing on the final design that delivered super-clear and legible sand prints of the words finish and cancer.
Help us reach the finishing line
With your support, we can continue making more discoveries, finding more cures, and saving more lives.
Once all legs of the race have been completed, one pair of the bespoke shoes will be brought back to the ICR to be displayed, with the remaining shoes auctioned to raise funds to support our research.
Find out more about our ongoing research to finish cancer, and show your support either by making a donation, or fundraising for us by taking on your own run or sporting challenge.
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