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19 September 2010, 06:00
Two rugby players are swapping their kits for running vets this weekend to take part in the Bupa Great North Run for Breast Cancer Campaign.
Catherine Botterman, from Welwyn Garden City, and Suzamnne Lienert, from St Albans, are joining 54,000 runners for the 13.1 mile race in Newcastle on Sunday (19th September) after they both had very personal experiences with the disease.
Catherine has been telling Heart:
"My mother has recently recovered from breast cancer and I have had friends in the past the have beaten the disease. Unfortunately it seems that I hear more and more frequently that a friend of a friend has been diagnosed. I am nearing the age where it seems to be more prevalent and the more money that can be raised to try to beat it, the more lives will be saved."
"My grandmother survived breast cancer and a family friend recently had to have a double mastectomy. My mum currently has ovarian cancer so this disease has affected too many people close to me. I hope lots of people will dig deep and sponsor us for this running challenge and hopefully the charity will one day beat cancer."
Last year 300 runners wore pink running vets to raise £160,000 for breast cancer research.
The pair, who play for O.A Saints in Harpenden, have so far raised £900
To sponsor them all you have to do is go to www.justgiving.com/catherinebotterman1
For more information on the charity go to www.breastcancercampaign.org