#SCIEXRunForLife connected race to support Cancer Prevention Research is still ON, until the end of the month!
Yves Le Blanc is Principal Scientist at SCIEX, but also one of the most active runners! Together with his team, Kill-C, he has cumulated 1,873 kilometers, and raised 320$.
He also posted lots of great pics on Instagram, check his account @why_leblanc!
You can support Yves' team here, by donating the amount of your choice: https://sciexrunforlife.com/team/kill-c
We asked 3 questions to Yves, to know more about his motivations, and get some running tips!
1. Why running for cancer prevention research is important for you?
I believe that supporting cancer prevention is as important as supporting cancer treatment research. There are many foundations that support cancer research for curing in addition to all large pharma funding such endeavors. Only a few focus their effort on prevention and education. The World Cancer Research Fund is one of them. As we know, in the past 2 decades, the field of genomic analysis has shed much light on our predisposition to various diseases at that genetic level. And we also know now that having a predisposition does not mean that one will ever get a particular disease, as many external factors can and will influence the outcome. This is why I believe that for future generation, a strong focus on prevention is equally important to curing
2. Does your job have anything in common with running?
Not really, but it does help me with my job. Like everyone, I do feel like I am constantly ‘running’ around to accomplish various tasks: go to the next meeting, reply to emails, get the kids ready for school, bring them to karate….and the list goes on and on. And that’s fine with me, I am still enjoying it all and I get to see the immediate impact and reward once these tasks are completed. But the ‘real-running’ is for ME. Running gives me time to reflect and think with no other distraction but the road ahead. It gives me time to think, with no other distraction and the side benefit of all that, I can still play tag with my kids as they are becoming faster runners each day….
3. Can you give us some running tips to keep the motivation?
Use some app to monitor your progress. Improving performance when running is a gradual thing. It can take sometimes a whole month of running to shave 3-5 seconds on your time. Once you achieve that, it is quite rewarding I find. I personally use RunKeeper, but there are quite a few other apps out there. Another motivating one for me, read about other runners and how they got into it. There are a lot of interesting stories out there, even for those that start late in life.
Thanks Yves for your testimonial!
Remember: it's not too late to help cancer prevention research! You can still join the race on www.sciexrunforlife.com, make a donation and run for the cause!