Bristol Race for Life gets under way 2009: Dancing Aisles

Bristol Race for Life gets under way

There was dancing in the aisles at Cabot Circus as the shopping centre hosted the launch of this year's Race for Life.

The launch was hosted by GWR radio presenters Bush, Troy and Paulina, and shoppers broke off from their bargain-hunting to watch as a team of aerobics instructors put the group through their paces. Many joined in, laughing as they danced to songs from Abba and Shakira. But a string of pink memorial messages served as a poignant reminder as to why the event takes place every year. "Race for Life is an amazing, fantastic event, and we want people to turn up and raise money, but also to enjoy themselves. Every day 80 people across the South West are diagnosed with the disease. But since the Race for Life series started 16 years ago, the death rate from cancer has dropped by 15 per cent.

Prof Paraskeva said: "In the 1960s, less than three out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer were successfully treated. Now it's seven out of 10. But we still have a long way to go. Despite improvements in treatment, one in four people in the UK will die from cancer.

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