As most of you will know now, I'm will be running this year's Comrades Marathon, the "down" edition, in aid of cancer research. The campaign will be titled The Ultimate Race For Cancer Research or TURCR and my beneficiary will be CARIF (Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation) based over at Sime Darby Medical Centre, Subang Jaya. The campaign has been officially launch as of last week although I'm still waiting for the official charity t-shirts to be printed out.
It has been so long since I wanted to do something for cancer research and it's about time I do so. With all my effort channelling towards the Terry Fox Run in KL since year 2007, I guess it is about the correct time to move a step further. After a failed attempt in year 2008 where the charity campaign was called off at the eleventh hour due to some policies from the previous beneficiary, I have been constantly seeking out a second chance to start from scratch again. And it will be a chance meet-up with Peter Kang from CARIF back in year 2010 where I finally re-did my homework again before finally popping the proposal out late last year. And so, the idea finally materialised and I soon met up with Professor Teo, Katrina and a few others over at CARIF to further discuss on it before officially finalising and announcing it to the public.
The following is the press release for The Ultimate Race For Cancer Research 2012:
Support a brave Malaysian in the ultimate race against cancer!
In 1991 at the age of 12, Frank was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer, a rare form of cancer that affects muscle and connective tissues. Frank successfully battled against the cancer. Since then, Frank has been passionate about having a healthy lifestyle and in the past 5 years he started participating in various runs to raise funds for cancer research.
Frank as at 31 December 2011, has now completed a total of 16 marathons, 8 ultramarathons (with the furthest being 100KM) and 3 Powermans.
Recently, Frank has qualified as one of the 2 Malaysians for the world’s largest, oldest and perhaps one of the most gruelling 90km ultramarathon race called Comrades Marathon, taking place on 3 June 2012 at South Africa. The race requires participants complete the Run in 12 hours, with a number of cut-off points along the routes which runners must reach by a prescribed time or be forced to retire from the race. The objective of the Race is to commemorate the South African soldiers killed during the war. The Comrades was run for the first time on 24 May 1921 (Empire Day), and with the exception of a break during World War II, it has been run every year since. To date, over 300,000 runners have completed the race. For more information about the Run, do visit www.comrades.com.
Frank is eager in giving back to the society, particularly for cancer patients. An example is the Terry Fox Foundation where he helped to raise fund that will benefit the foundation in the continuous research towards battling the disease. In order to further his involvement in this, Frank intends to run the Comrades Marathon for a good cause and benefiting CARIF (Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation).
Join the CARIF - Frank ‘The Ultimate Race for Cancer Research’ fund raising campaign.
You can pledge your support towards this campaign:
1) Purchase the “special edition” t-shirts at RM60 each, available end February 2012. T-shirts are available at CARIF and Running Lab, Tropicana City Mall.
2) Donate. Cash or cheque (payable to Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation) can be deposited at CARIF or Running Lab, Tropicana City Mall
3) ‘Like’ and share the official Facebook page at The Ultimate Race For Cancer Research (www.facebook.com/TURCR)
You can also view Frank’s updates on his race preparation recorded on his personal blog (http://www.runnerzcircle.blogspot.com/).
You. Me. We Can Beat Cancer.
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