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Print Posted By Shoutlocal.com on 02/02/2017

WORLD CANCER DAY

WORLD CANCER DAY

Costa Blanca People

A truly global event takes place every year on 4th February; World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Millions will unite next Saturday in one incredible Act of Unity and on this day, everyone who shows their support will raise vital funds for life saving research. Cancer is the biggest killer world-wide, however there are 200 cancer types and 65 million of us. With our support researchers have helped double survival rates in the last 40 years.

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media, as more than one third of cancers are preventable by adopting healthy behaviours.

But we do need to keep researching to keep battling this disease as more cases are predicted over the coming years. In 2008 12.7 new cases were diagnosed resulting in 7.6m deaths, in 2012 there were 14.1m new cases and 8.2m deaths. It is predicted that in 2025 there will be 19.3m new cases and 11.5m deaths and by 2030 that will be 21.7m new cases and 13m deaths.

Taking up this battle locally and supporting World Cancer Day is Maria and the Pink Ladies, fundraising on behalf of and in aid of Spanish anti-cancer charity the AECC.

This will be the group’s fifth World Cancer Day as a charity and it will be the fourth fundraising World Cancer day event held at Zenia Boulevard. It is hoped that, once again, hundreds of people will attend throughout the day and will make donations to help boost the coffers to support the AECC Early Detenction Programme, which offers subsidised cancer screening for men and women.

Each year Maria and the Pink Ladies has raised around 1,800 euros at the event and so to get more than 2,000 euros this year would be a fantastic achievement and one which all the volunteers and working hard to try and achieve. Of course, as it’s an outside venue, much depends on the weather as well as the generosity of the local community.

All of the money raised on the day will come solely from donations made by members of the general public. In return the charity has Iris plants to give out in exchange for a small donation, as well as other AECC merchandise, which can be bought for a donation.

Volunteers will be there from 12noon until 5pm and there will be entertainment all day from local artists. These include: Dan Davy, Rod Stewart Tribute, Jaz and Suzy Georgi, The Two-Ton Spice Girls Tribute, Janelle Gaskell, Totally Dance, Nikki G and Just Ollie. All hosted by Stevie Spit and presented by Simon Morton from Sunshine FM.

The event will feature a minutes silence at around 3pm in memory of those that have lost their lives to Cancer. All of Maria's Pink Ladies and Panthers will be there to take appointments for Mammograms, smears, prostate and skin cancer checks.

Meanwhile, a huge thank you from Maria and the Pink Ladies goes out to the Blarney Stone at Zeniamar for raising 2,500 euros. Yet again the bar organised a New Years Day Swim to raise money for the AECC and the cheque presentation was held recently. The swim included locals and holidaymakers and thanks goes to them for raising such a great amount.

MIREILLE TODDINGTON

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