• Run For Hope 2016 Running For A Cancer-Free Tomorrow

    By Shafina Jaffar on February 01 , 2016

    Close to 10,000 participants including Team Singapore athletes ran alongside cancer survivors at Run For Hope 2016. The 23rd Run For Hope event is the longest running cancer fund-raiser in Singapore which has so far garnered over $2.5 million for cancer research at National Cancer Centre Singapore. Guest-of-Honour Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Health and Communications and Information, flagged off the 10km run and later took part in the 3.5km to show his support.

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    Leading the Way in the Fight against Cancer

    Mr Sunil Narang, Chairman for Run For Hope 2016 and Hotel Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Singapore said: “In Singapore, more than 12,000 cancer cases have been diagnosed each year. Each of us has a personal story linked to either a cancer survivor, or someone fighting the cancer battle. In getting runners to dedicate their run to a loved one, we hope to personalise the cause for each participant. Proceeds from the run go towards doctors and researchers conducting trials and studies to develop new findings in this field.”

    Rousing Support from Cancer Survivors and Celebrity Ambassadors

    This year, the Run has garnered a record number of supporters with 17 cancer survivors and celebrity ambassadors. Team Singapore athletes joined Run For Hope for the first time in the 3.5km category. The cancer cause hit close to home for Michelle Sng, when she lost her father to colorectal cancer last year. She was joined by her athletics teammates Shanti Pereira, Dipna Lim Prasad, Calvin Kang, Muhammad Amiruddin Jamal, and swimmer Danny Yeo.

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    Popular theatre actresses Dim Sum Dollies have joined the cause this year, in memory of one of the founding Dollies – Emma Yong, who succumbed to stomach cancer in 2014. The Dim Sum Dollies who also hosted the run, were joined by celebrities such as Stephanie Carrington and Paul Foster, both of whom have a family history of cancer and have lost loved ones to the disease. Actress and Symphony 92.4FM DJ, Koh Chieng Mun, also joined the run to show her support for the cause. She had a personal brush with breast and kidney cancers in 2005.

    Cancer Survivors Join the Cause

    Amongst the cancer survivors are 39-year-old SEA Games Equestrian trainer, Laura Richardson, who recently overcame stage 3 breast cancer; 43-year old Vivien Khoo, who recovered from thyroid and breast cancer; and 30-year old Roy Tan, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Roy drew strength from his twin brother’s own battle with lymphoma to beat the disease. The youngest survivor ambassador is 20-year-old Cristalle Wang, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 15.

    Cristalle pipped in with a note of encouragement, “To the young ones who are fighting cancer now, the battle may be long and hard but keep on fighting! The painful scars left behind will be the biggest source of inspiration for yourself and the ones around you.”

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