I’m currently undertaking a challenge – Run the World – to complete a 10 km run in all 206 countries in the world by the 2020 Olympics / Paralympics. I’m doing the challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research and to increase awareness of the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.
Cancer rates are on the increase across the world and, in some countries, it is now projected that 50% – half of us – will get cancer. That’s a terrifying statistic.
The good news is that cancer treatments and survival rates are improving as we continue to invest in research. The other good news is that 40% of those cancers are avoidable – with the right lifestyle. An active, healthy lifestyle also substantially reduces the risk of a range of other illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression.
I hope that, by running round the world, I’ll not only raise a lot of money for cancer research but that I’ll also help increase awareness of the huge benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.