Unite with us against Cancer
On Saturday 4th February 2017, the world will unite against Cancer, a disease that knows no borders and represents one of humanity’s most pressing and financial concerns.
World Cancer Day grants a unique opportunity to draw attention to what can be done to address cancer, save millions of avoidable deaths and, in turn, support global economic growth and development.
Although survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years, the statistics don’t make for great reading and hence the world is set to ‘unite’, in an attempt to accelerate the fight to beat Cancer sooner. The initiative is calling upon every man, woman and child to wear a Unity Band or donate to help save more lives.
Proceeds raised will fund hundreds of research projects and support the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.
Local business Mick George Ltd has done their part, raising a commendable £1,000 through various fund-raising techniques, world themed fancy dress, cake baking and ‘Unity band’ sales.
Currently 14 million Cancer Cases are recorded, with 8.2 million related deaths – that is more than the equivalent of the entire population of New York. More significant, is the fact that this figure is anticipated to rise to 21.7m cases and 13m related deaths by 2030.
It is estimated that 3.7million lives could be saved each year by implementing appropriate prevention strategies, early detection and treatment. In real terms, a 11.4BN Dollar investment, could save £100 BN Dollars in Cancer treatment costs longer-term, which emphasises the importance of on-going campaigns such as this.
The worldwide initiative is supported by the most influential bodies and charities that have joined forces, creating a bigger impact in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by Cancer. These include; Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Now, Movember Foundation, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan, Young Lives Vs Cancer Care Clic Sargent, Bowel Cancer UK, Children’s Cancer and Leakeumia Group, Marie Curie and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’On a continuous basis throughout the years, the business and our employees have supported a number of charitable causes close to our hearts, including numerous Cancer campaigns, Save the Children, and more recently, NHS Blood Donor, whilst raising significant funds.
Stump Continued: ‘’The staff certainly embraced the fancy dress, with French Berets, German 'Lederhosen', and even attire that wouldn’t have been out of place on Bondi Beach, Australia. A brave move at this time of year. We even managed to get those who didn’t partake, to donate extra funds’’