Cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization. In 2008, it accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths). About 70% of all cancer deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million in 2030.
In the Philippines, recent studies from 2008-2010 have shown a steady increase in cancer incidence. It is also predicted that new cases of cancer will amount to roughly 82,468 new cases in both male and female.
Now, more than ever, it is important to spread cancer awareness and information to keep the numbers from rising even further.
Cancer is a devastating disease that gnaws, not only on the patients, but also on their families. It takes its toll on their bodies, emotions, finances, and relationships. While there are available sophisticated medical technology and equipment, cadre of experts in cancer treatment and management, and protocols equal to the patients’ requirement for healing, the cost of therapy is prohibitively high. With the poverty rate at 45% in Q4 of 2011, most Filipinos cannot afford even the “standard-of-care” treatments. Unless we all step into the ugly picture and stand up to cancer, it might continue to cripple more families and claim more lives.
Frontrunners of Hope
Ever at the forefront of the fight against cancer, the country’s premier tertiary cancer center, ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER, partners with the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute’s CORRIDOR OF HOPE, INC., to help spread cancer awareness and bring hope to cancer patients and their families.
On 20 April 2013, the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute’s Corridor of Hope, in collaboration with ally medical practitioners, corporate partners, cancer support groups, and cancer patients and families, leads the race to life through RUN AGAINST CANCER, a charity run for the benefit of indigent cancer patients.
Cancer patients’ healing journey is often long and arduous. We can help bridge the gap between indigent cancer patients and their needed treatment if we’d altogether unleash the power of our feet. With our help, they just might be 3K, 5K, or 10K away from their recovery.
Support the race to life. Run against cancer.
(World Health Organization, Cancer Fact Sheet, February 2012, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/)
• To raise a minimum of P 20M to help the indigent cancer patients of St. Luke’s Medical Center and other hospitals through partnerships with the cancer support and advocacy groups.
• To create avenues to establish partnership with advocates and supporters for sustainable programs to help the indigent cancer patients.
• To increase awareness about cancer prevention and management.
THE TARGET RUNNERS:
• Cancer Survivors and Families
• Cancer Support Groups
• Advocates of Health
• Company delegates
• Professional Runners
RUN AGAINST CANCER
A Charity Run for Indigent Cancer Patients initiated by Corridor of Hope, Inc., the official cancer support group of St. Luke’s Medical Center in cooperation with different cancer support groups and organized by Huper Events and Productions Specialist International Corp.
20 April 2013, Saturday
4:30AM Assembly Time
Bonifacio Global City (BGC)
CATEGORY REG FEE*** GUN START
10K P 800.00 5:00AM
5K P 700.00 5:15AM
3K P 600.00 5:30AM
*** Includes race singlet, race bib and race chip
• Medals and special prizes for Top 5 finishers for each category
• Round tickets for 2 persons for Batanes or Busuanga from Skyjet Airlines to be raffled to all registered runners
• Sampling and freebies from Sponsors and Exhibitors
ONLINE REGISTRATION (20 JANUARY – 18 APRIL 2013)
ONSITE REGISTRATION (20 JANUARY – 18 APRIL 2013)
ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER CANCER INSTITUTE
Quezon City and BGC Branches
IN-STORE REGISTRATION AND RACE KIT REDEMPTION (30 MARCH – 18 APRIL 2013)
• Toby’s Arena @ SM Mall of Asia
• Toby’s Sports @ Glorietta Makati
• Toby’s Sports @ Robinson’s Galleria
• Brooks Store @ SM North EDSA