Dress up and run for charity: ECU Community Campus Dash

ECU Health and Wellness researcher Carolyn McIntyre says money raised will go towards mesothelioma treatment.
ECU Health and Wellness researcher Carolyn McIntyre says money raised will go towards mesothelioma treatment.

THE ECU Community Campus Dash will take to the streets of Joondalup on Sunday, October 11 to raise money for vital cancer research.

The Dash, now in its third year, goes from the university’s Joondalup campus through local streets and parks over 3km, 6km and 12km courses.

Runners are encouraged to kit up in costume, with prizes available for the best-dressed teams and individual.

In addition to runners and walkers, spectators are encouraged to cheer for the runners and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere.

ECU Health and Wellness researcher Carolyn McIntyre said the money raised would help the development of a potential treatment for mesothelioma. “Despite medical advances, mesothelioma remains an incurable cancer with no significant improvement in patient survival in the past few decades,” Dr McIntyre said.

“We are hoping to show that a tailored exercise program can promote muscle strength mobility and confidence in patients, which will hopefully lead to improvements in quality of life.” Dr McIntyre was last year awarded a Cancer Council of WA Fellowship worth $225,000.

Her research is in collaboration with Professor Gary Lee, from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and ECU Health and Wellness Institute co-director Professor Rob Newton.

Visit the ecu.edu.au/campus-dash to register.