Rhionna helps to raise the profile of Race for Life

Rhionna and dancers
Rhionna and dancers

A BRAVE Milngavie youngster hit the streets in Glasgow last week to drum up support for a major charity fundraising event.

Nine-year-old cancer survivor Rhionna McCulloch joined a troupe of dancers in the city centre to launch the women’s Race For Life run, which takes place in May.

Rhionna joined a team of professional dancers wearing 1950s inspired outfits on Buchanan Street, last Thursday, to perform a fun new routine for shoppers, known as the Race for Life’s Cancer Slam.

The Clober Primary pupil, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia — a cancer of the white blood cells — in November 2007.

She’ll be taking part in the Cancer Slam with her mum Gillian.

Gillian (38) said: “Cancer Research UK scientists are working hard to come up with better and kinder treatments for adults and children alike and the ladies who sign up for the Race for Life will be helping them to do that.

“I work at Glasgow Airport, where a team of ladies have already started training.

“I know that Rhionna’s cancer survival has been a big motivation for them.”

The Race For Life takes place on May 26, at Glasgow Green. Event manager Claire Wase said: “It was so generous of Rhionna and her family to come along and take part in the Cancer Slam to encourage ladies to sign up for this year’s Race For Life.”

She added: “Survival rates for children and adults have improved dramatically in the last 40 years, something which has been possible thanks to the Cancer Research UK scientists who are working hard to understand cancer and improve treatments.

“We hope that shoppers will have been inspired by Rhionna to sign up for Race for Life. Cancer Research UK receives no government fundraising and relies on our supporters to carry out its life saving work.”

This year, organisers need just as many women to stride out and help raise funds for vital research.

DANcE FOR IT . . . Rhionna with some of the dancers in Glasgow recently.