Shine is Cancer Research UK’s night time walking marathon and a unique fundraising event which returned to London for the 3rd year running on the evening of Saturday 28 September. Money raised by Shine participants helps fund translational research, which turns breakthroughs made in the lab into treatments for patients.
This year Auditel Consultant Lee Freeman joined the 16,000 other participants setting off and returning to Battersea Power Station. The route takes in some of London’s most iconic sights, passing the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Lee completed the full distance of 26 miles and 385 yards in just over 8 hours.
Reflecting on finishing the walk, Lee says “I am immensely proud of what I achieved; the body is starting to feel normal again. I am more proud though of the money we have raised to help beat this horrible disease for ever. A staggering one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some stage in their life, a truly scary number, and the work that organisations such as Cancer Research UK do is only to be applauded. I hope I am still alive when the cure for this disease is found and it becomes a thing of the past.”
Lee was accompanied by his daughters and his friend Howard, together they have raised over £4000.00 in the fight to beat Breast Cancer.