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Joining together for cancer research

(Vienna, 21-09-2015) The European Cancer Congress ECC2015 and the Krebsforschungslauf (Cancer Research Run) have succeeded in bringing together the most important organizations involved in cancer research, prevention and treatment within the gotheextramile campaign: these are the ECC2015, Medical University of Vienna, Österreichische Krebshilfe (Austrian Cancer Aid) and Brustkrebs-Früherkennungsprogramm (Breast Cancer Early Detection Program). The campaign has created a distinctly recognizable symbol in the form of a pair of enormous inflatable running shoes, which can be seen at the AKH General Hospital and in the Mariahilferstrasse, from today. The shoes symbolize the extra miles that the 20,000 registered participants in the world's largest interdisciplinary cancer congress, the ECC2015, will be covering in its fight against cancer. 'Go the extra mile' is now also the motto of the Cancer Research Run, to be held in the AKH General Hospital (Altes AKH) on Saturday, 26 September. Each and every person involved in the Cancer Research Run will be making a valuable contribution to cancer research, whether as a runner or a sponsor. The route is one mile, or 1.609 km long and runs through the courtyards of the AKH General Hospital. Between 10am and 3pm, anyone can come along and join in; it is the miles run that count. The sponsorship money raised (comprising initial and lap donations) will be used to fund promising research projects being conducted by young and ambitious scientists at the MedUni Vienna. The giant 'gotheextramile' shoes can be seen at the following places:•    Mariahilfer Strasse/Christian Broda Platz on Monday-Saturday, 21-26 September•    University Campus/AKH General Hospital on Monday-Saturday, 21-26 September •    At the entrance to the Messe Wien exhibition center during the ECC2015 on Friday-Tuesday, 25-29 SeptemberText to attached photo: Marianne Bernhart (Medical officer responsible for the Austrian Breast Cancer Early Detection Program), Yvonne Rueff (Organizer of 'Dancer against Cancer'), Michael Micksche (President of the Österreichische Krebshilfe Vienna), Vera Russwurm (celebrity presenter and ambassador of the Austrian Breast Cancer Early Detection Program) and Markus Müller (designated Principal of the MedUni Vienna) were there to see the shoes being put in place. They support the 'gotheextramile' campaign and the Cancer Research Run on 26 September 2015. © ECC2015/ Manfred Hörmandiger