Pound the streets for UCAN

Entries are now open for the 2012 Baker Hughes Aberdeen 10K and North-east charity UCAN is urging participants to raise money to help in the fight against urological cancers.

This year’s 10k will take place on Sunday, May 20, and the route is based around Aberdeen’s beach and harbour area.

UCAN has been named as one of the thirteen associated charities who will benefit from this popular annual running event, which this year celebrates its 26th anniversary.

The local cancer charity is calling on people to sign up to participate and to help raise funds for its latest campaign, which they are spear-heading, to purchase Scotland’s first robotically assisted keyhole surgical system and fund a suite with two integrated operating theatres by 2013.

This advanced technological equipment will be used by the urological, general surgery and gynaecological teams at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary potentially benefiting all patients in the North-east who needs a specialised operation.

Considered to be the future for surgical procedures, the robotic system is a powerful and highly advanced tool that enables precision and intricate surgery to be carried out in many more patients, speeding up operating times.

Fiona Pearson, UCAN’s fundraising manager, said: “This is a great way for people to get fit while helping urological cancer patients in the North-east.

“We’re very grateful to the Baker Hughes 10K team for nominating UCAN as an associated charity and this event will allow us to not only to raise funds but also awareness of urological cancers and the charity’s work.”

Anyone who would like to sign up for the Baker Hughes 10k can register online at http://www.racetimingsystems.com/public/buy.aspx?eid=3014. To become a UCAN fundraiser, please contact the UCAN office on 01224 559312.