Melanie Hearns is one of hundreds of thousands signed up to take on the Irish Cancer Society’s Colour Dash in Phoenix Park this June, and will be completing the fun run in memory of her grandmother who sadly died from cancer. Cancer has affected three generations of Melanie’s family as both she and her mum have also been treated for cancer. Colour Dash, sponsored by Aldi, takes place on 23rd June in Phoenix Park and tickets are on sale now at cancer.ie/colourdash Colour Dash is a fun filled 5km suitable for all ages and abilities. As ‘dashers’ run, jog and walk the course, at each kilometre, they are doused from head to toe in a different colour of powder paint, representing a different type of cancer and cancer survivorship.

Melanie said, “Cancer has had a huge effect on my life. My nana passed away from stomach cancer about 5 years ago. Being her only granddaughter I took it hard, we had a special relationship so I’m doing this to honour her. “My mother was diagnosed with skin cancer two years ago which was successfully treated, and I’ve been treated for stage 3 cancerous cells on my cervix. I can understand the fear the word cancer puts into you and the pain of losing a loved one from this horrific disease, so I’m taking on Colour Dash to support others affected and to remember Nana.”

The Irish Cancer Society relies almost entirely on public donations to fund lifesaving cancer research and free services to support people affected by cancer. With cancer incidence on the rise the Society is experiencing increased demand for its services so donations are crucial to ensure it can reach those in need.

Sign up now at cancer.ie/colourdash as spaces for Colour Dash are limited and expected to sell out again this year. Registration is €30 per person, and €5 for children under 12.