JLS take on new mission to help beat cancer

Cancer Research UK

UNIQUE BOY-BAND PRIZE UP FOR GRABS

MOBO and Brit Award winning group JLS and world leading charity Cancer Research UK have joined forces to re-launch the JLS Foundation this December, to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Foundation’s aim is to help fund Cancer Research UK’s vital research specifically into cancers that affect children, teenagers and young adults aged 0-24 within the UK, to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

The JLS Foundation is inviting people to help raise money by entering a special prize draw during December 2012, to win a unique boy-band experience for themselves or a loved one. The prize is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky winner and four of their friends to hang out with JLS in Spring 2013.  They will get to watch the sound check of one of JLS’ mystery boy-band mates’ concerts, enjoy a Nandos lunch with JLS, choose their favourite JLS song which the band will personally serenade them with, and watch the mystery boy-band’s concert at the O2 in their very own private box with JLS for company and finish the evening in style with an overnight stay at the Trafalgar hotel! In the spirit of Christmas, prize entrants will be given the option to choose which four Facebook friends they will bring with them if they win, and share the invitations via the social networking site. The lucky prize winner will be announced Christmas Eve.

To be in with the chance of winning this truly unique prize and help fund vital cancer research, enter at www.jlsfoundation.co.uk.  It costs just £1.00 to enter, and you can purchase multiple entries.  You can enter by credit, debit card, Paypal,  text or enter for free by post (details on the website). The promotion runs from 7 December to 21 December 2012. A donation from each entry will go directly to the JLS Foundation, supporting Cancer Research UK’s research into cancers affecting children, teenagers and young adults. (Terms and Conditions and age restrictions apply - see website for details and donation breakdown).

In addition to raising money for this much-needed research, the JLS Foundation is also providing healthy living advice for young people at www.jlsfoundation.co.uk.  Marvin, Aston, JB and Oritsé are creating a range of fun videos encouraging young people to ‘live healthy’ and enjoy life – including  showing off their skills in the kitchen making tasty and healthy juices, and working up a sweat in the dance studio in their usual cheeky manner.

The JLS Foundation will also have a dedicated helpline that goes directly through to Cancer Research UK's cancer nurses, for any of their fans to call to find out more information about cancer - 0844 892 0127. The JLS Foundation Helpline is open between 9am and 5pm during weekdays.

Every step Cancer Research UK makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person.  As a collective force, the charity has helped double cancer survival rates in the UK in the last 40 years. That’s why the JLS Foundation has chosen to work with Cancer Research UK for the next two years to support its pioneering, life-saving research.

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Notes to Editor

About the Prizeo prize draw

  • The JLS Foundation is using the platform Prizeo.com to host the prize draw
  • Entrants must be 16yrs or over (at the time of entering).  At least one of the party must be aged 18 or above
  • There is a £30 cap on entries, £10 by mobile.
  • Visit www.jlsfoundation.co.uk for more details.

About the JLS Foundation

JLS have seen a rapid rise to fame since reaching the final of the 2008 X Factor. As well as dominating the charts, the JLS boys are keen philanthropists, each dedicating a great deal of time to charitable work. It was their desire to use their fame as a platform to raise funds and awareness for various causes that led them to establish the JLS Foundation in 2010. Their mission is to energise, excite and empower healthy living in all young people:

  • Improve lives, leading to brighter and better futures for allEncourage young people to be proactive in diet and exercise
  • Increase awareness and educate young people in the benefits of leading healthy lives

Cancer Research UK – behind the scenes in tackling cancers that affect children, teenagers and young adults:
Around three-quarters of children, teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease. Cancer Research UK is a major funder of research into children’s, teenagers’ and young adults’ cancer in the UK, and has supported many of the world’s most successful trials of treatments for this varied group of diseases. Each year, hundreds of children, teenagers and young adults with cancer can look forward to a bright future thanks to Cancer Research UK.  Here are just some of the ways Cancer Research UK’s work has made a difference to the lives of children, teenagers and young adults and their families:
 

  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research on leukaemia – the most common type of cancer in children, teenagers and young adults - has helped save the lives of thousands of children, teenagers and young adults. For example, the charity funded an important clinical trial showing that a new drug could increase survival by more than 50% for 1-18 year-olds with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia whose cancer has come back
  • Survival rates for leukaemia have increased by more than a third for children in Britain since the early 1980s and almost two thirds for teenagers and young adults in England.
  • Cancer Research UK was involved in a ten-year study that improved survival rates for children and teenagers with advanced neuroblastoma.
  • Cancer Research UK’s work led to a new standard of treatment for children and teenagers with a type of brain tumour called medulloblastoma.
  • Cancer Research UK’s work improved the way children, teenagers and young adults in the UK are treated for kidney cancer, and reduced the side effects of treatment.
  • Almost every child with the eye cancer retinoblastoma is now cured – Cancer Research UK’s research has been a vital part of this success.