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Beatson Cancer Charity

Alarmingly, more than one in three people are affected by cancer in the West of Scotland - the highest cancer rate in Europe. As technology advances and new treatments are developed, the demands on cancer services continue to grow which is why fundraising is so vital in helping Beatson Cancer Charity to continue to provide significant funding and world-class services to enhance the wonderful care thousands of patients receive at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow each year.
Thousands of people embark on some incredible challenges for Beatson Cancer Charity in the fight against cancer, but one Team Beatson supporter, Dr Hilary Glen literally went the extra mile when she challenged herself to a full year of running events with this year’s Edinburgh Marathon at the finish line. Consultant in medical oncology at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and mum of two, Hilary celebrated turning 40 by pledging to spend a whole year running a series of races in a bid to raise vital funds for cancer patients and their families at the Beatson.
Hilary, a self-confessed easy-going runner started her challenge at the beginning of last May and since then has completed Tiree Half Marathon, Glasgow Women’s 10K (twice!), the Edinburgh Marathon Relay, Tough Mudder, Ballater 10 mile race, Mull Half Marathon, Great North Run, Great Scottish Run, Glasgow Movember 10K, Muddy Trials 10K at Craufurdland Estate, Edinburgh Kilomathon 13K race and Great Edinburgh Run. She recently completed her year of running by taking part in her last race, Edinburgh Marathon which she finished in an impressive 5 hours and 3 minutes!
Hilary works at the forefront of cancer care and sees first-hand the devastation caused by cancer all over Scotland. She specialises in the treatment of cancer of the prostate, kidney and bladder and has dedicated much of her career to vital research. She said: “Sadly, I deal predominantly with people who have advanced cancer, but getting to know the patients and their families through their journey is a real privilege. Building that relationship makes my job harder sometimes when I lose a patient, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Since I started training in oncology in 2000, the changes in treatment, drugs and research are phenomenal. Most of my work is in clinical trials and the difference these can make to people is incredible. We are definitely getting somewhere with our research, but there is still so much to do and that’s where fundraising comes in.”
Hilary is on track to raise £10, 000 which will be split between Beatson Cancer Charity and Cancer Research UK. Hilary is a vital member of Team Beatson and is now an ambassador for the charity. She added: “This challenge has had its ups and downs – I’ve achieved personal bests and met some inspiring people, but I’ve also suffered injuries and at times it has been difficult. However, my determination to raise money for cancer has kept me going and I can honestly say I’m delighted with the money raised and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated.”
Hilary hasn’t stopped there. She’s now in training for the charity’s annual sponsored cycling event, Aim for the Skye – a three or four day cycle to the beautiful Isle of Skye from the very place all money raised will go, the Beatson. This challenge takes place 24-27 September and more details can be found at beatsoncancercharity.org
For more info visit the Beatson Cancer Charity website. Or call: 0141 212 0505