Yaşam İçin Yarış is much more than an annual event built around a 5km race. It is about really “Racing For Life”
On 15th October 2017, over 200 people turned out to run the third Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) in Fethiye and the event raised a massive 53,000TL in sponsorship to help with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Click here to read our article about the race.
Where did the money go?
The money raised was used to buy equipment for the Devlet (State) Hospital in Fethiye. On Wednesday the Yaşam İçin Yarış committee and the Fethiye District Governor (and head of FETAV) went along to meet with Devlet Head Physician, Yavuz Okulu, for the formal presentation of the equipment to the Oncology department at the hospital.
This year, the money was used to provide eleven comfortable chairs and side tables for the chemotherapy unit, a fridge and an endoscopy washing machine for the endoscope provided by Yaşam İçin Yarış in 2015.
Yaşam İçin Yarış Chairman, Şemsi Toprak said “It is fascinating that the interest in Yaşam İçin Yarış is increasing every year and we are able to raise more money for cancer treatments. In addition to the current 5km race, this project also has very good potential to become an important regional or even national event for more competitive runners too. This will help to grow the reach of the event. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated and supported the Yaşam İçin Yaris project; this project has touched the lives of many people and there is still a lot to do with the help of these good people”
A message from the Fethiye District Governor
“Fethiye District Governor, Muzaffer Şahiner said, “I saw Yaşam İçin Yarış for the first time last year and I immediately supported this great event and I will continue to support it. Race for life is a very good example that shows that everyone can do something for the community. This year, the same race will be held ‘for life’. I am already inviting all of our citizens to take part to fight this disease and help cancer patients,”
The Yaşam İçin Yarış committee would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the 2017 event. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Cancer in Turkey
Turkey has a population of 78.6 million citizens.Every year 0.23% of the total population people will be diagnosed with cancer.
Approximately 350 of those people will live in Fethiye – these people may feel fit and healthy today but will have been diagnosed with one of the 200 types of cancer by this time next year.
Yaşam İçin Yarış 2018 – save the date
The 2018 Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) will take place on Sunday 14th October so put the date in your diary and watch out on Fethiye Times for further details. You can also follow Yaşam İçin Yarış on Facebook
Let’s make it the biggest event yet and help even more people suffering from this terrible disease.