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Cancer Slam by Salisbury cheerleaders to inspire women to enter Race for Life

By jspiteri  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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A Salisbury cheerleading group will be dancing up a storm to inspire Salisbury women to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Salisbury cheerleading group Streetz through dance are swapping their usual dance class for a defiant dance known as Race for Life’s ‘Cancer Slam’.

Capturing the energy and spirit of the women-only event series, the Cancer Slam is designed to bring their indescribable power and emotion to life.

It also embodies the passion and determination behind Race for Life’s rallying cry ‘Cancer, we’re coming to get you.’

Organisers hope the Cancer Slam will stop Salisbury shoppers in their tracks and motivate local mums, grans, daughters, sisters and friends to sign-up for Race for Life on the spot.

The Cancer Slam will also be performed by thousands of women as part of the rousing warm-up at over 280 Race for Life events around the UK this summer. A video showing how to do the dance steps is available online so participants can practice ahead of their events.

Instructor Debbi Penny, from Salisbury, said: “We’re so excited about taking part in the Cancer Slam and we’ve had a great time learning the routine. We hope we can inspire women to join in the fun and enter their local Race for Life event.

“Cancer touches so many of us. That’s why we want to do everything we can to motivate women to power up the pink and show cancer who’s boss.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k and 10k events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner.

Every day, around 84 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West**.

So women of all shapes and sizes are needed to join together and give cancer the boot by entering a Race for Life 5k event at Hudson’s Field on Sunday 29 June.

Maxine Bateman, Race for Life South West events manager, said: “We’d like to thank Streetz Cheerleaders for taking part in Cancer Slam and showing us how it’s done!

“The Cancer Slam is a fun, defiant and energetic dance which epitomises the power and emotion of Race for Life and we urge women from across the region to get involved and unite in the fight against cancer.”

Although the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is going up - largely due to the fact that people are living longer and cancer is predominantly a disease of old age - the good news is that, thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years. This means that more people across the South West are now beating the disease than ever before.

Last year, 2,300 women took part in Race for Life events in Salisbury and raised a fantastic £116,000. This year, organisers need 2,400 women and girls to take part and help raise £120,000 for vital research.

Maxine added: “Race for Life is non-competitive. It doesn’t matter how fit or fast you are. Taking part is about joining together against a disease that affects all of us. You can walk, run or dance on the course, so we urge local ladies to take the first step by signing up today.”

To enter Race for Life’s events in the South West, and learn how to do the Cancer Slam, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.

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