Despite rising survival rates, cancer still remains a top killer in Singapore, the Run seeks to raise awareness towards cancer and cancer research, and is strengthening its campaign with more cancer survivors and celebrity ambassadors in supporting this cause. Parts of the proceeds from Run For Hope will be donated to the NCC Research Fund, which provides seeding and bridging funds for research projects that will in turn help doctors and researchers develop medical breakthroughs, that contribute towards improving cancer survival rates, and pave the way for future cures.
Unveiled on 18 August, celebrity ambassadors this year includes Team Singapore athlete, Michelle Sng, who broke the 40-year medal hiatus at the 2015 SEA Games with a High Jump bronze medal. Having lost her father to colorectal cancer earlier this year, Michelle will be joined by her teammates, Shanti Pereira, Dipna Lim Prasad, Calvin Kang and Amiruddin, in memory of him.
Other celebrity ambassador includes TV personalities who also have personal stories with cancer; such as, Paul Foster who has been actively supporting cancer causes since the passing of his dad in 1999 due to cancer; Dim Sum Dollies who are joining the cause in memory of one of the founding Dollies, Emma Yong who succumed to stomach cancer in 2014; as well as Stephanie Carrington who has lost loved ones to the disease, losing her grandmother at the age of 10 to bone cancer after having battled breast and kidney cancer.
Registration for the Run is now open with Early Bird registration closing on 30 September 2015, and the closing date in joining the run will be on 27 December 2015.