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Get crackin' if you want to join fight against cancer

Dr Julan Amalaseelan, Stephen Manley, Crackin Cancer President Marshall Fittler and Brigid Kramer.
Dr Julan Amalaseelan, Stephen Manley, Crackin Cancer President Marshall Fittler and Brigid Kramer.

THERE is still time to register and raise money for the 10th annual Byron Lighthouse Run this Sunday, which will fund new equipment at the Lismore Base Hospital Oncology Unit.

The Byron Lighthouse Run's chosen charity "Crackin' Cancer” provides financial support to the oncology unit, which has the money earmarked for a new prone breast board.

Prone breast boards allow breast cancer patients to lie on their stomach, improving their comfort and providing more effective treatment of lymph nodes as well as the breasts.

Local Health District Radiation Therapy Manager Stephen Manley says that prone boards have improved since they last acquired one, and a newer model will improve patient care.

"Improvements have been made to prone breast boards since we bought the current one that will allow us to treat a broader range of patients,” Mr Manley said.

He hopes that this will help them achieve their vision of giving their cancer patients the best treatment available.

"Our vision is to have the best equipment possible and provide the best treatment possible to our community,” he said.

President of Byron Run and cancer survivor Brigid Kramer appreciates the work the doctors at Lismore are doing and understands their need for new equipment.

"They want to bring the best services to the area in which they are living,” Ms Kramer said.

Online registration costs $45 and closes midnight tonight, on-the-day registration is available at a cost of $70.

Starts 7am at Clarke's Beach car park, with a 10km run or walk 6km.

Go to www.byronrun.com

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