What is 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer?
5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is a community-based initiative aiming to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer with a local 5K Your Way group at a parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month.
What we are:
- A support group with a difference.
- A run and walking club with a difference.
- A social opportunity with a difference.
- A coffee morning with a difference.
Aims of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer.
- To provide a monthly support network for those living with and beyond cancer by encouraging participation with the 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer groups at local parkruns on the last Saturday of every month.
- To build friendships.
- To encourage participation in physical activity.
- To improve confidence and self-esteem.
- To encourage participation in local parkruns, and other physical activity opportunities, independently of 5k Your Way.
- To reduce social isolation and connect with already existing community groups.
- To encourage health care professionals to signpost patients and carers to parkrun as a way of improving health and wellbeing.
- To encourage increased participation in physical activity by health care professionals involved in cancer care.
“If exercise was a pill we would be prescribing it to everyone”.
“Exercise should be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment”. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.
“There is now persuasive evidence that a healthy lifestyle during and after cancer is associated with improved physical and psychological well-being, reduced risks of treatment, enhanced self-esteem, reduced risk of recurrence, and improved survival.” The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, 2013.
The Benefits of 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer
Exercise has ENORMOUS benefits for people living with and beyond cancer.
- It reduces cancer related fatigue.
- Helps to preserve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness.
- May reduce treatment side effects.
- Improves psychological well-being.
- May reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and prolong survival.
- But most importantly it's social and fun.
Anyone affected by cancer, whether as a patient, relative or friend, can become part of our active support group with a difference. By linking with parkrun, our groups provide volunteer or cheering opportunities for those not feeling up to walking, jogging or running. 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer groups are inclusive and open to anybody. 5K Your Way also provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals and patients to walk, jog, run and socialise side by side outside of the hospital or treatment environment, demonstrating the positive benefits of exercise in a fun and supportive environment.
“After my diagnosis, I reached out to the running community for advice on maintaining fitness and was pointed towards 5K Your Way by several people. I was immediately struck by the incredibly powerful idea of combining peer support and physical activity” Sue Rourke
‘I love it. It gives me something to think about, to focus on. When people ask me how I am I don’t talk about the bad stuff. I just say I’ve started running. And I talk about the running.” Sue Dave (Pictured below).
Who we are
5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer was founded in June 2018 by Oncology consultant and 12-times Ironman champion Lucy Gossage (pictured left below), and international athlete Gemma Hillier-Moses (pictured right below) who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 24. Gemma is also the founder of MOVE Charity. 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is under the internal governance of MOVE charity (registered charity number No. 1165675) founded in 2016. Since the launch of the first 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer group in Nottingham in June 2018, 5K Your Way has expanded to 56 groups across the UK and Ireland, with over 100 expressions of interest for further 5K Your Way group locations. Gemma and Lucy are also working hard to increase health care professional awareness of the benefits of physical activity for those living with and after cancer, and have spoken at multiple national and international conferences.
Why we need your support?
So now you know who we are, what we do and what we are offering people across the UK and Ireland, we would like to ask for your help.
5K Your Way, Move Against cancer provides a monthly support network to those living with and beyond cancer. Our mission for the next 5 years is to gradually expand and have a 5KYW group officially linked to every primary cancer treatment centre and satellite centres across the UK and Ireland, as well as focus on education of health care professionals regarding the benefits of physical exercise for those living with and beyond cancer. It costs around £1200 to support each group for one year. We are requesting £5000 which will allow us to strategically launch and support 4 new locations across the UK, enabling us to reach more people living with and beyond cancer.
Thank-you for reading. For more information and to find a 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer group near you, please visit our website, www.5kyourway.org or follow us on social media!