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Cash boost for cancer fund

A GROUP of women workers at Sun Microsystems plant in Linlithgow has raised around £5000 for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

The 30 ladies collected the cash by taking part in the charity’s Race for Life – a series of all-female sponsored 5km walks and runs around Scotland.

Race for Life administrator Claire Couper said: “This is a fantastic effort by everyone at Sun. Imperial Cancer Research values the energy and enthusiasm of both the race participants and their sponsors – and we’re delighted so much money was raised.”

She added: “All money collected here in Scotland will be spent in Scotland, funding vital cancer research units in Edinburgh and Dundee. Obviously we’d be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to follow in the footsteps of the Sun staff and take part in Race for Life or any other fundraising initiative for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.”

Sun’s female staff were encouraged to join the Race for Life by Ramona Krueger, the international graduate programme co-ordinator at the Linlithgow plant.

She said: “I have a friend who successfully beat cancer and I wanted to help other people like him. Basically I e-mailed women around the plant asking them to take part – and it grew from there.

“The support from both the runners and our colleagues has been tremendous and I’m amazed at how much money was raised. With extra money from the company under its Matched Giving Scheme, the final total was £4986.85. It’s a great boost for the charity. Best of all, many of the women here want to take part in next year’s event.”

This year Race For Life in Scotland aimed to encourage 19,000 women – either as individuals or teams – to take part with the goal of raising £445,000 to help research into cancers affecting women. This target has now been surpassed – and organisers say it has been the most successful Race for Life since the campaign began in 1995. For further information on how to take part in Race For Life please call 0990 134 314, or visit the Race for Life web site:

About The Imperial Cancer Research Fund
The Imperial Cancer Research Fund is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of all forms of cancer. Its 1,000 scientists and doctors are at the forefront of the worldwide effort to find new answers to cancer. The charity relies overwhelmingly on voluntary funding to carry out its vital work. Doctors and scientists at Imperial Cancer’s Oncology Unit in Edinburgh are developing new ways of preventing, treating and curing cancers, while researchers in Dundee are working on understanding how environmental factors are implicated in cancer and why there are individual differences in people which determines whether they will develop cancer or not. Cancer patients all over Scotland will benefit from the results of this research.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision – The Network is The Computer™ – has propelled Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to “.com” their businesses. With $13 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Enterprise, and `The Network Is The Computer’ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.

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