Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity,
said: "To be selected as the official charities of the Virgin
London Marathon, especially in the Olympic year, is a great honour
for both our organisations. Prostate and breast cancers are the
most common cancers in men and women, respectively, in the UK. Not
only will the marathon enable us to raise significant funds, it
will also help put the causes firmly in the spotlight, and reach
thousands of people who may be affected by these diseases. We look
forward to working with Breast Cancer Care. I'd encourage people
across the UK to join 'Team PB' to take on the marathon for us in
2012, a special year and a special event."
Speaking about the news, Breast Cancer Care's Samia al Qadhi
said, "Over 750,000 people are liv-ing with either breast or
prostate cancer in the UK right now. That's a lot of people who
need our help and why we are so excited to have been chosen as the
official charities. The money we raise will be used to create a new
service which will directly benefit people who have experienced
either breast or prostate cancer."
The charities will come together to create TeamPB for the 2012
Marathon offering a unique pro-gramme of support and encouragement
from a team of mentors including celebrities, professional runners
and trainers. Runners will also be offered a series of incentives
to help them get the most from their training and fundraising.
For more information please visit http://www.teampb.org.uk/