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adam ant

My ex-wife died of breast cancer at the age of 35. I am now a single parent to a 8 year old boy.

Neither of us, being male can contribute or take part in the RFL.

I cannot be bothered any more, i have advised various charities that i only donate to mens charities now. How can custody of boys go to women when it is demonstrated they care only about females.

John Kimble

Donating to men's charities is a good solution, though if there are any genuinely gender neutral charities (who are vocal about the sexism faced by men) then that would be just as good if not better. Though to be fair most men's charities (such as in dv) are perfectly willing help and support female vicitms too.

Les Bowring

I was stopped in the street by one of their "female" reps the other day and i took issue with her about the lack of male help and was given the spin that they were working for all just been to their website and guess what the link to the shine night male race doesnt work so just left them a stinking note teling them to sort it

Katie Lewis

I fully agree with the point you are making. My aunty died of breast cancer but during her plight I noticed the lack of support/events for either male patients or male relatives. I am currently working on an article for a university project where I aim to explore this injustice. If anyone feels strongly enough to contact me to express particular incidences they've experienced or points they'd like to be raised please contact me on katie2.lewis@live.uwe.ac.uk. My work will not be published but will be exhibited nearer summer in Bristol for many people to see.

John Kimble

The very best of luck with your much needed research Katie.

Rachel Leonard

A very good article & I agree with the points made in it. Some men (albeit a relatively small number) get breast cancer too & men are also affected when their female friends & relatives are diagnosed with breast cancer, so it seems absurd that they are disallowed from taking part in raising funds for it through Race for Life. Alternatively, where is the Men's Race for eg. Prostate Cancer?

On a related point, there really does need to be more fairness & equality in the distribution of cancer funding taking into account not only the overall numbers diagnosed with each type of cancer but also the outlook for an individual patient diagnosed with each cancer, i.e. mortality/survival rates, years of life lost, etc. Having recently lost my Dad (who brought my brother & me up single-handedly & whom I loved dearly) to very aggressive brain cancer (a cancer which is slightly more common in men), I'm shocked at how little funding is allocated to brain cancer given how depressing the survival rates are & given the higher proportion of young people & children who are afflicted. Ditto the lack of pancreatic, oesophagal, stomach & lung cancer funding compared to their extremely poor survival rates.

Not all women want superiority over men. Unfairness is still unfairness whichever direction it is in & whomever loses out....and in the end, injustice breeds resentment so everyone loses out then.

John Kimble

Race for Life isn't actually about breast cancer anymore - although it's understandable that people think it is given the origins and all the incessant pink branding.

Some excellent points in your posts I'd be careful about making year lost as a key factor as that could be age discrimination and it's very much what's happening right now.

Why should an otherwise healthy 65 year old man be denied first class care for prostate cancer. He could easily otherwise survive until his 90s these days and people who've worked so hard all their lives enjoy a decent (and lengthy) retirement.

John Taylor

I first became very annoyed with Race for Life in 2002, when I was unable to participate in the event, with my wife, daughter, granddaughter, daughter in laws and friends of the family, following the death of my eldest daughter,the mother of two granddaughters and grandson, from Ovarian Cancer on 17th August 2001.
After support from the, then Equal Opportunities Commission, I can claim some credit for the 5K Run for Moore being launched - with not much success, as stated above...

Below, I have copied the 'Open email, sent today, to CRUK, which is self-explanatory...
..................................

Attention of: John Tasker Esq., Senior National Events Organiser, Cancer Research UK

Dear John,

Open e-mail 'In CRUK's and The Public Interest
Firstly, I stress that had I his email address, I would have, in the circumstances, sent a courtesy copy of this to Mr. Kumar, The Chief Executive.
I send this further to your response of 19th January, to mine of the 16th. The history demands I make it an 'Open Email' - 'In the public interest'
In the circumstances, I consider it appropriate to make you aware of some more, recently published, critical comment - painting Cancer Research in a very bad colour and I must stress, I virtually agree with everything stated.
http://therightsofman.typepad.co.uk/the_rights_of_man/2010/02/would-cancer-research-launch-a-racist-for-life-event.html
I became aware of this after following a link from Cancer Chat http://www.cancerchat.org.uk/clearspacex/thread/1755?start=165&tstart=0
The author's 'blog name' in Cancer Chat is - Harrieth. The Comment is No: 169 - posted on 15th February... was not from me...
...You were made aware of that stated in Wikipedia, in my previous email - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_for_Life
In the circumstances, the details of the events, to attempt to overcome the blatant sex discrimination, against males, are awaited with some impatience and interest...
However, I must state, at this point, until there are as many 5K events for males to participate in, as for Race for Life, for females, CRUK will be guilty of discriminating against males throughout the UK. CRUK should consider the rights of every male throughout the country...
The Law:
Article 14 of the Human Rights Act - gives one the right not to be discriminated against...
Section 29 of The Sex Discrimination Act - states it is illegal to discriminate in the provision of 'goods and services' . CRUK are, in my opinion, in breach of both.
The Equality Bill expected to take effect shortly will / should also embody Article 14 and Section 29 - putting CRUK in breach of the law.
Finance:
I consider it financially inept, for CRUK to endeavour to attempt to have "separate 5K events" throughout the UK , for males and females, - like the current 240 (Female only) Race for Life. It would be more sensible - also, easier, to convert the existing Race for Life into a "5K Family Fun Run / Walk"... Can anyone argue against that when The Big C affects 'all members of the family - without discrimination'?
Further, I refer to comments within Mr Meacham's email of 4th August, when he stated, inter-alia
Why aren't/can't R4L and Run For Moore be joint?
"We survey our Race for Life participants regularly and keep Race for Life a women-only event at their request". (my emphasis)...
Why do we have only one Run For Moore Event yet 240 female-only events?
"Unfortunately there has not been the same demand across the UK for Run for Moore events as there is for Race for Life"...
...Why CRUK has never sought the opinions of ALL CRUK supporters is beyond my understanding and belief!!! Are you aware that some females consider 'The male only' Run for Moore' - sexist?
To coclude, as you will be aware, a group of females - The Committee of Walton on Thames, CRUK Branch, launched the very successful 'Little Legs for Life' event last year. I am given to understand there are going to be more events throughout the UK. All The Committee of Walton on Thames Branch should be commended for their endeavours since the Branch was formed last year.... But, what about all 'the little boys' ???????
It was a 'little boy' who mentioned that he wanted to do something to help raise funds - then 'Little Legs for Life' became a reality....But what of the future, when all those 'little boys' become too old to participate in Little Legs for Life? Will they all be discriminated against like virtually all the existing UK male occupants? I sincerely hope not!!!
I look forward for your considered response... Hopefully, the first step towards ending the current discrimination against males.
With Best Wishes,
John Taylor









Anon

What an ironic title because two years ago today Cancer Research UK lost a race discrimination claim taken by one of its own employees. Have a look at the link Research. The employee was awarded aggravated damages because of the way the problem was handled. They were even found to have fabricated evidence too.

John Taylor

Reference the post by Anon above this.The reference to: Have a look at the link Research.

I would very much appreciate if you Anon, or someone could advise re where the link Research actually is.... Is Research supposed to be a Live link?

In asking, I stress, I am a comparitive newcomer to this site & finding ones way is an education..

Many thanks in anticipation...

John Taylor

John Taylor

My Open email to CRUK re:
How to overcome the blatant sex discrimination of Race for Life
..................................

Attention of: Richard Taylor Esq. Director of Fund Raising, Cancer Research UK
Info:John Tasker Esq. Senior National Events Organizer.
: Peter Meacham Esq. Customer Services

Dear Richard
...Open email in Cancer Researh UK's and The Public Interest...

...How to remove the blatant sex discrimination of Race for Life...

I send this further to my previous of 7th March, because I consider it very important to advise you of what is now being stated regarding Cancer Research UK. I have attached a print screen photo. The detail can be seen on The Rights of Man site, at the bottom of the very long string - under the heading: WOULD CANCER RESEARCH LAUNCH A "RACIST FOR LIFE" EVENT? You will see some of my comment included.

http://therightsofman.typepad.co.uk/the_rights_of_man/2010/02/would-cancer-research-launch-a-racist-for-life-event.html?cid=6a00d8341d03e253ef01310f77cb17970c#comment-6a00d8341d03e253ef01310f77cb17970c

Is it correct that CRUK did, in fact, lose a race discrimination claim taken by one of its employees - two years ago? The employer was awarded aggravated damages because of the way the problem was handled. CRUK was even found to have fabricated the evidence too....

I look forward, hopefully, for your confirming that CRUK has agreed with my suggestions, as stated in my previous, message of the 7th, to overcome the blatant sex discrimination against males.

Retain Race for Life in all existing venues;
CRUK to promote by all means possible, the brand new " 5K Family Fund Raiser events" - to be held in all venues as Race for Life
Females to have the opportunity to enter either - males would enter the " 5K Family Fund Raiser events"
The " 5K Family Fund Raiser events" - could start later than the 5K event
What is wrong with that? There is a distinct possibility, over time, the millions raised by Race for Life could be doubled

With Best Wishes...

John Taylor

By working together (as families) we'll beat The Big C together, without sex discrimination
..................................







John Kimble

Hi John, welcome to the site, I hope you stick around.

I did some Googling and found a link about that case if you are interested:

http://www.maceandjones.co.uk/news/archive/injury-to-feelings-in-the-spotlight.html

John Taylor


Hi John...

Many thanks. Have just pasted the info into CRUK's Facebook page. Alas, will have to communicate again - with what was ,then, The Equal Opportunity Commission in 2005.

CRUK have advised they will not respond to any further communications...they insist they are not breaking any law... My opinion is they are in breach of Article 14 of The Human Rights Act...not to be discriminated against, also Section 29 of the Sex Discrimination Act, re the provision of goods and services...

John Kimble

Just receive my local free newspaper with the obligatory annual Race for Life full front page ad.

Interestingly, I can't find a single mention of the fact it is women only or that men are banned. This is clearly very misleading advertsing and they could get into a lot of trobule with the Advertising Standards Authority over this.

I'm busy with other campaigns right now - perhaps you'd like to report them? I can send you a copy of the ad if you don't have it on the York paper.


John Taylor

Hi John
Yes, I would very much appreciate a copy of the ad to:

John Taylor
18 Brindle Way
Norton on Derwent,
MALTON,
North Yorkshire
YO17 8BA
Many thanks in anticipation...


andrew casey

Hi
I contacted the press department for a quote about this obvious sexism and the press department said they would send me something. They didnt. I rang again and yes they did not do anything about it.

This is Ladies Swimming sessions all over again
andrew

Katie lewis

Just a follow up, I have now written my article and am awaiting for it to be marked by my tutor. After John Taylor's much appreciated help and information I focused on the Race for Life and how it only accepts women. I also conducted a small study of people mainly in my age group to see what events they had heard of and what cancers they felt were most prevalent. The answers were virtually all focused on women's cancers and events (even from the guys who completed my little questionnaire)which I highlighted in my article.

I also included information on cancer charity events in my local area of Bristol that all the family can get involved with this summer.

John Kimble

oGod work Katie - will you be able to put the document online to share with others?

Such research is very valuable as it's a hugely neglected area and thus the document and the findings are almost certainly unique.

katie Lewis

I am hoping so, I'm still waiting for it to be given back to me. Last year I wrote about the tourism trade in Weston-super-Mare and my uni decided to discard all of our work without telling us, we didn't even get to see the marks/comments on it! If they give it back this time then I most certainly will do.

I have become 'friends' with John on Facebook and I have started volunteering in a cancer charity shop so I can keep more up to date with this as if I am totally honest it wasn't until I researched it that it ocurred to me how sexist it is, even though my mum takes part in it!

John Kimble

John is a good guy - he's done an incredible amount of equality campaigning over the last 12 years or so. He's actually defeated the government at least once in the European courts, stopping them denying benefits to men.

Be sure to check out some of our reviews of the party manifestos from a gender equality perspective.

John Taylor

Hi John & Katie, in particular.

Just an update. Received email from Fundraising Standards Board, sent on the 28th March, confirming my complaint has been received and they are contacting CRUK giving them 14 days to respond...

Stewart

I'm made to wonder what is meant by "due to the wishes of our participants". Something must have motivated this restriction in the first place. Was there some hugely successful "Ban men from Race for Life" petition? Moreover, are they reviewing the consensus from time to time?

In any case, I can't imagine an overwhelming majority of people who are doing something for a good cause can be wanting at the same time to hurt this same cause by excluding half the population. For all I know, there are probably women boycotting RFL in favour of other good causes because of this and/or thinking "If I die of cancer, I'll want my widower and sons to run for me!"

John Taylor

I can assure you Stewart, there are several females, that I am aware of, that are against the discrimination - going back to what Valerie Flower stated way back in 2003. Have a look at this link - reported in my local Yorkshire Evening Press. Yorhttp://archive.thisisyork.co.uk/2003/3/25/270855.htmlkshire Evening Press.

An important question is: Just what is the opinion of every female in the UK?


John Taylor

Re my post above, alas the link does not work... However, the article can be seen from the link under References on the Wikipedia Race for Life page.
See number:6) Sexist Race for Life is slammed by campaigner - for that stated by Valerie Flower - way back in 2003.

John kimble

It's because you forgot to add a space John. Here's a working link:

http://archive.thisisyork.co.uk/2003/3/25/270855.html

JOHN TAYLOR

Many thanks John for your helpful correction above. 'tis human to err - plus the fact that I doubt very much that not even Gates knows everything about this modern means of communication... What will I / we be learning tomorrow onwards?

JOHN TAYLOR

Re: My Stage 3 Complaint to The Fund Raising Standards Board...
............................................
Dear Mr Taylor
Many thanks for your email which will form part of the material to put before the FRSB for consideration in dealing with your complaint.

The Board will review all papers related to the Complaint and it is intended that they will reach their decision within the next 60 days
Kind regards
Alistair Mc Lean
Chief Executive
Fundraising Standards Board
61 London Fruit Exchange
Brushfield Street
London E1 6EP Tel:0845 4025442 Direct:020 7655 4691
To join the Fundraising Standards Board scheme or to register a complaint, visit us online at www.frsb.org.uk or call 0845 402 5442
--------------------------------------------
From: JOHN TAYLOR [mailto:john3635taylor@googlemail.com]
Sent: 28 June 2010 19:29
To: Alistair Mclean
Subject: STAGE 3 COMPLAINT: JOHN TAYLOR v CANCER RESEARCH UK "RACE FOR LIFE"...

Attention of The Fund Raising Standards Board c/o: Alistair McClean Esq., Chief Executive.
...Open Email - In Cancer Research UK's & The Public Interest...

>>>Stage 3 Complaint>>>>>>>If Cancer Research UK did not provide the goods, facilities & services - there would be no Race for Lifehttp://www.raceforlife.org/about-us/latest-news/race-for-life-10k.aspx

2) http://www.raceforlife.org/choose-your-event/events-search-results.aspx?postcode=YO17%208BA
To conclude:
Cancer Research UK state their research indicates males want longer events than the 5K Run for Moore - I ask, why did CRUK not allow males to participate in the longer 10K Race for Life events?
I state, not all males want to participate in longer events - what about the disabled -some support that which I state;

What about young boys? Please have a look at this link re Little Legs for Life - inspired by "a little boy"
http://hersham.surreyherald.co.uk/2009/07/little-legs-for-life.html
After last year's Race for Life, a young lad named Luke from Burhill School asked his mummy why he couldn't run too. "Why not indeed?" thought his mum, who then mentioned it to some of the other local mums.
Now I don't need to tell you that when an army of mums get wind of something and decide to mobilize, nothing on God's good earth dares get in the way. So, with the bit firmly in their collective teeth, nine mums from Burhill and Bellfarm schools started the mammoth task of setting up a charity event that kids could take part in.
...I pose the question : What transpires when those little boys are too old for Little Legs For Life? Will CRUK discriminate against them? Little Legs for Life events are growing in the UK... The charity behind Little Legs for Life is: www.crukwalton.org

Further, some females consider Run for Moore discriminatory;

Cancer Inequalities - The Excess Burden of Cancer in Men in the UK.In general men are at significantly greater risk than women from nearly all of the common cancers that occur in both sexes with the exception of breast cancer. This joint report was produced by Cancer Research UK, the National Cancer Intelligence Network, Leeds Metropolitan University and the Men’s Health Forum and is available to download below.

The report considers the current overall burden of cancer among men in the UK, estimated from the latest statistics for incidence and mortality, and outlines the extent of the differences between the sexes. It also suggests possible reasons why men are at much more risk of both getting and dying from so many cancers. All figures and calculations reported here are based on data extracted from the Cancer Research UK CancerStats web pages extracted in June 2009.
Please, have a look at what is stated by Cancer Research UK here:

http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/inequalities/index.htm
...I rest my case - to find Cancer Research UK "not guilty - of blatant sex discrimination" would be a travesty of justice...they should stop the discrimination by planning for next year and ensure all the 240 Race for Life 5K events throughout the UK are open to both sexes...
With Best Wishes,
John Taylor
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Meacham
To: JOHN TAYLOR
Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 3:40 PM
Subject: RE: ATTENTION OF PETE MEACHAM - COMPLAINTS CO-ORDINATOR
Dear Mr Taylor
Thank you for taking the time to email Cancer Research UK and for your commitment to raising the profile of Run For Moore.

We are very grateful to you for exhibiting such a keen interest in helping us to include more men in our fundraising programme. However, unfortunately Jessica Jones and the rest of the Race For Life team are unable to answer personal emails so if you have any future enquiries, please contact our Supporter Services department..
As stated in my previous email, Jessica has passed your latest email onto me for my attention. After looking through the correspondence that's been passed between yourself and our Race For Life team, I feel it is important to address the following issues which I feel have caused you particular concern:

1. Why do we have only one Run For Moore Event yet 240 female-only events?

Unfortunately there has not been the same demand across the UK for Run for Moore events as there is for Race for Life. In 2009 Cancer Research UK decided to focus on consolidating the series to one event held at Blackheath Common in London. Streamlining the number of events within this series has allowed us to make the best use of our resources and deliver the best results to The Bobby Moore Fund.

2. Why aren't/can't R4L and Run For Moore be joint?

We survey our Race for Life participants regularly and keep Race for Life a women-only event at their request.

3. What do we think of the suggestion that a mixed 5k fun run/walk could be held/trialled?

We are continually reviewing and refining our events programme, listening and responding at all times to our participants and supporters. Our extensive research into fundraising events for men indicates that the majority of men prefer to take part in more challenging fundraising events. We are increasingly focussing on the additional, fun activities that are available on the day so that the whole family is able to make an enjoyable day out of our events, in addition to supporting whomever is taking part.

Please be assured that your comments have been taken very seriously by our events department and will be taken into account when planning future fundraising activities.

Best Wishes
Pete Meacham
Supporter Services


JOHN TAYLOR

I stress, the above is a well-edited, shortened version, of my Stage 3 Complaint to the Fund Raising Standards Board...

JOHN TAYLOR

The link is the report published on my daughter's 50th birthday - sadly Diane died on the 17th August 2001

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/8324139.Equality_campaigner_in_Race_for_Life_sexism_claim/#commentsList

This my letter for publication:

The Letter's Editor, The Press.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Would Cancer Research UK launch a "Racist" for life event?
I would appreciate space in Reader's Letters to elaborate on the report "Charity race sexism claim" - 11th August 2010.
The Press published a report on 16th February, 2006, "Men urged to run for their rights" - based on the conclusions of my contacting the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).The EOC had contacted Cancer Research UK's Head of Legal... CRUK, to overcome the discrimination, stated they intended trialling some 5K (male only - Run for Moore events).
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/archive/2006/02/16/Ryedale+Archive/6670131.Men_urged_to_run_for_their_rights/ ...
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/bobbymoorefund/ I can claim some responsibility for the 5K (male only) Run for Moore events being launched...
However, CRUK were not satisfied with their annual 5K Race for Life (RFL), on the Knavesmire - they also had a 10K this year !!!
In 2009, there was only one 5K Run for Moore (for males) on Blackheath Common, London - compared with 240 Race for Life events throughout the UK...
CRUK'S Mr Meacham (please see the proof attached below) stated "
Unfortunately there has not been the same demand across the UK for Run for Moore events as there is for Race for Life. In 2009 Cancer Research UK decided to focus on consolidating the series to one event held at Blackheath Common in London.
Our extensive research into fundraising events for men indicates that the majority (not all) of men prefer to take part in more challenging fundraising events.
We survey our Race for Life participants regularly and keep Race for Life a women-only event at their request...
CRUK state the majority of men prefer to take part in more challenging fundraising events. "Why were males not given the opportunity to participate in the - "10K Race for Life event on the Knavesmire"?

CRUK, sought the views of participants of Race for Life - but they never consulted all the females in the UK - not all females agree with the sexist Race for Life.
It saddens me to state this, but the Race for Life events being kept female only - at the request of participants - is very misguided, because any of those "participants, whom I commend for their endeavors, in Race for Life", could be afflicted and sadly die from Cancer... "Should CRUK continue to deny their male relatives the opportunity to raise funds in their memory"?
Cancer Research UK should take a very long, hard look, at the London Marathon & Great North Run - that allow both sexes...
The Race for Life & Run for Moore (5K events) should be combined and "5K Family Fun Run - walks" should be trialled, next year, in all the 240 venues where RFL were held- "including on the Knavesmire" - this would cater for those not fit enough, or want, to participate in anything longer than a 5K event. It would give the potential of doubling that raised by Race for Life.
The RFL, In my opinion, contravenes:
Article 14 of The Human Rights Act, - that gives one the right not to be discriminated against in any form;
Section 29 of The 1975 Sex Discrimination Act - that states one should not discriminate in the provision of goods, facilities and services...
If CRUK did nor provide the goods, facilities and services - there would be no Race for Life...
It's about time Cancer Research practiced what they state at the foot of their communications...Together we will beat cancer...
Would Cancer Research UK launch a "Racist" for life event & get away with it - like they do against "white males"?
Yours faithfully,
John Taylor

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Meacham
To: JOHN TAYLOR
Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 3:40 PM
Subject: RE: ATTENTION OF PETE MEACHAM - COMPLAINTS CO-ORDINATOR
Dear Mr Taylor
Thank you for taking the time to email Cancer Research UK and for your commitment to raising the profile of Run For Moore.
We are very grateful to you for exhibiting such a keen interest in helping us to include more men in our fundraising programme. However, unfortunately Jessica Jones and the rest of the Race For Life team are unable to answer personal emails so if you have any future enquiries, please contact our Supporter Services department..

As stated in my previous email, Jessica has passed your latest email onto me for my attention. After looking through the correspondence that's been passed between yourself and our Race For Life team, I feel it is important to address the following issues which I feel have caused you particular concern:

1. Why do we have only one Run For Moore Event yet 240 female-only events?

Unfortunately there has not been the same demand across the UK for Run for Moore events as there is for Race for Life. In 2009 Cancer Research UK decided to focus on consolidating the series to one event held at Blackheath Common in London. Streamlining the number of events within this series has allowed us to make the best use of our resources and deliver the best results to The Bobby Moore Fund.

2. Why aren't/can't R4L and Run For Moore be joint?

We survey our Race for Life participants regularly and keep Race for Life a women-only event at their request.

3. What do we think of the suggestion that a mixed 5k fun run/walk could be held/trialled?

We are continually reviewing and refining our events programme, listening and responding at all times to our participants and supporters. Our extensive research into fundraising events for men indicates that the majority of men prefer to take part in more challenging fundraising events. We are increasingly focussing on the additional, fun activities that are available on the day so that the whole family is able to make an enjoyable day out of our events, in addition to supporting whomever is taking part.

Please be assured that your comments have been taken very seriously by our events department and will be taken into account when planning future fundraising activities.

Best Wishes

Pete Meacham
Supporter Services


John Kimble

So they survey those to whom a women only event clearly has huge appeal, in order to find out whether such women-only events are a good thing?

It's akin to going to the Labour Party conference to find opinions on how people should vote.

Air Jordans

wo lai le . w o yao ce shi kan kan ...ni men lao wai kan bu dong ba / pig.

Mike and Ann Minchella

Hi John
You are doing good work me and Ann will alays support you.

alan robinson

hi my name is alan i was told i had cancer of the saliver gland . it was 9th dec 2009 i had to go home and tell my wife. the 23rd dec 2009 my wifes birthday i was told they would operat on 7th jan 2010 17hrs for the op half my face removed and 30 secons of radioheripy. all went well my mouth and top jaw and theeh have to be done yet it is now 8th may 2011. i would like to do a race for life as a marathone is to long for me yet. i would like to point out that in all my time in treatment in hospial doctors and pherapy i never sore a poster for any cancers relating to men.i.e testicle, postrate, mouth,throat, skin, or eny other cancer. may be just wonen get cancer and not men alanrobo56@@live.co.uk

John Kimble

"i would like to point out that in all my time in treatment in hospial doctors and pherapy i never sore a poster for any cancers relating to men"

And the lack of posters is just the tip of the iceberg. The situation in terms of research is no different.

I say if you really want to do the Race for Life then go for it. We've exhausted all other methods of achieving equality so perhaps the only way to change the sexist rules is to go out there and break them.

Prostate Cancer

This just goes to show that some supposedly good cancer causes can become wrong. I guess it's important to really research the background of groups that claim activities for cancer treatment or research before trying to support their cause.

Steve Pritchet

The comments in the original article are particularly relevant if you live in Bournemouth. Here, for the last three years, the Race For Life event has been held on FATHERS DAY of all days!

I do not wish to denigrate the excellent work done in raising funds and awareness for the cause; many run because they have lost fathers to cancer. But surely the organisers could choose a date other than the one day in the year set aside to honour fathers? After all, it is always the third Sunday in June, so it is not difficult to avoid!

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