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Barnehurst's man 10km walk for cancer

Dental Nurse Steve Jeffery, 61, from Barnehurst, Kent is taking part in the Mouth Cancer 10Km Awareness Walk for the second time this year. 1000 places are up for grabs in the 5th annual FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10K Awareness Walk. The walk is designed to increase awareness of mouth cancer, celebrate survivorship and remember lost dear ones while having a fun day out with family and friends.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation organises the event which takes place at 13:00 on Saturday 18th September 2010, in Kensington Gardens, London and this year they are challenging 1000 people to walk the 15,000 steps it takes to complete a 10K course in order to raise much needed funds and awareness to combat mouth cancer.

Steve is walking with a team of dental workers from the Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford. They have appropriately named themselves as the ‘Dartford Darlings.’ They are hoping to raise as much money as they can for such a good cause.

Steve say’s “In our jobs we see the devastating affects that Mouth Cancer can cause, not only physically, but emotionally. It is great to know that we can help raise much needed awareness of the disease, as well as supporting the Mouth Cancer Foundation with their funding, so they can continue their excellent work in providing support and information for sufferers and their families”.

People travelled from all over the world in 2009 to step out to support the UK’s leading mouth cancer charity which raised in excess of £60,000. The walk helps raise much needed funds to help improve the support for mouth cancer patients and their families.

"We all thoroughly enjoyed the walk last year. It is a great social event for a good cause!”

Walker, Steve Jeffery

There will be FREE mouth cancer screening on the day, plus prizes available for top individual and team fundraisers. Also up for grabs is the award for best fancy dress, so for those of you who are feeling brave the bigger, brighter and weirder the better!

The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi says “To celebrate our 5th anniversary we want to get 1000 people walking the 15,000 steps in the battle against mouth cancer. It is a great opportunity for mouth cancer survivors, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against this debilitating disease.”

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10K Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org

The Mouth Cancer Foundation

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by head and neck cancer. Support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients. The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s online and telephone support service has given head and neck cancer patients and families the opportunity to articulate the consequences of their cancer journey and communicate their shared experiences. It is vital that the charity continues to provide free accessible information resources and ensure Mouth Cancer Foundation support is provided to those that need them.

In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year. Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. In its very early stages, these Mouth Cancers can be easy to ignore.

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