There are very few people whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer in some way. Most of you will have heard of, taken part in or sponsored someone for Race For Life* in the UK.
Huge fundraising events are a new concept in Turkey so in 2015, George and Christine Rimmer and a group of expats brought the idea to Fethiye and organised the first Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life*).
*The name Race for Life is copyright protected. In Turkey the event is called Yaşam İçin Yarış.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world.
Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it affects everyone; the young and old, rich and poor, men, women and children. It represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies
1 in 6 people, globally, die from cancer every year and no-one knows where or when it will strike next.
70% of these deaths are in lower earning countries.
Race For Life UK
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer
Over the past 20 years, more than 8 million people have taken part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, raising over £547 million to fund the charity’s life-saving work.
In 2016 Race for Life raised over £50 million to help Cancer Research UK keep on fighting until cures for all 200 types of cancer, affecting men, women and children, are found.
Race For Life in the UK is sponsored by Tesco, one of the country’s largest supermarkets.
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 Fethiye
A committee formed with people from FETAV and the local community (both Turkish and European), arrange Yaşam İçin Yarış each year.
Yaşam İçin Yarış covers a 5km route along Fethiye kordon (seafront) and entrants can run, jog or walk the course.
Where does the money go?
Fethiye has only one Oncology department at the Fethiye Devlet (State) Hospital. This department offers a limited range of services to a community of more than 140,000 people.
The money raised in the 2015 and 2016 Yaşam İçin Yarış provided screening/diagnostic equipment for the Devlet Oncology department.
In 2015 the money raised was used to buy an Endoscope – A medical instrument used for visual examination of the interior of a body cavity or a hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach.
In 2016 the money raised was used to buy a Bronchoscope – A thin, flexible instrument with a lighted viewing tube that is used to visualise the air passages to the lungs.
Yaşam İçin Yarış 2017
This year, Yaşam İçin Yarış will take place on Sunday 15 October. It will start at the Fethiye Culture Centre at 10 am. (Further details will be published nearer the time).
What do we want to achieve in 2017?
We will again raise money to support the Fethiye Devlet Hospital.
Our aim is to raise 100,000 TL to provide an area in the Radiology Department where Endoscopies and Bronchoscopies can be carried out (at the moment the machines are portable and moved around the hospital as needed). This will also include buying a power supply and monitor/screen for the Bronchoscope.
How can you help?
There are various ways you can help. The most important one is to take part in Yaşam İçim Yarış. You can run, jog or walk the 5km route that follows a circular, scenic path along the harbour. The route is flat and suitable for entrants of all ages.
There is also a route for wheelchair users.
Encourage as many of your family and friends to sponsor you to raise money for this great cause.
If you are unable to take part in the event you can sponsor others who are entering. You can also volunteer to help out at registration points in the area or on the day as there will be plenty to do!
Where can I register?
You can register at the following places:
Details of further registration points will be brought to you as they are set up.
How much will it cost me to register?
Children up to 16 = 5TL
16+ = 15TL
Our brand new 2017 design t-shirts are 25TL each.
Thank you to the businesses who have sponsored us so far.
If you are interested in sponsoring Yaşam İçin Yarış and would like a sponsorship pack please email email@example.com
Please visit the Yaşam İçin Yarış website (currently being updated) for more information and updates.
Cancer We’re Coming To Get You!