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Time to join Charity Run!

Can you run and help at the same time? The participants of the Tesco Foundation Charity Run every year prove that it is possible. Its next, eighth edition will take place on 31 August, on the last Saturday of the summer holidays.

The aim of this year's race is to raise funds for the purchase of an ultrasound knife to remove cancer tissues in small patients of the University Children's Hospital in Krakow. Neurosurgeons, for whom the ultrasound knife is the basic tool of work, encourage everyone to participate in the sports event.

The Tesco Foundation's 8th Charity Run will be a real treat for professional and amateur runners, as well as their families and friends. It will be possible to start in a number of runs: The main one is at a distance of 10 km, the Family one at a length of 3.5 km, the Stilettos Run at 100 m and there are multiple jogging contests for children. The youngest children, for whom a special baby run will be organized, will also be able to try. Everyone will surely find something interesting for themselves – during the event there will be shows, competitions, tastings and attractions promoting a healthy lifestyle. Registration for the run, which started on 19 June, is conducted on the website

Ultrasonic knife, or Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator (CUSA Excel +), is a surgical device designed for minimally invasive removal of changes in tissue organs, mainly the brain, but also the liver, kidneys or pancreas. The device is standard equipment in the operating theatre. The ultrasound knife, which has had a hospital in Prokocim for 10 years, has already cut out about 400 pathological lesions in children. - After such a long period of use, the device must be replaced. Its reliability determines the effectiveness of very difficult operations in children, mainly with oncological diseases. We hope that, as always, runners will not disappoint us and this year the new equipment will be delivered to the Block - says Prof. Krzysztof Fyderek, Director of the University Children's Hospital in Krakow.

How does CUSA work? The device sends out ultrasounds that break down a pathological change (e.g. a tumour) and then releases a stream of physiological saline. In the last stage, the resulting mass is safely sucked out.

- Thanks to CUSA we can protect blood vessels in the organ attacked by cancer and avoid dangerous effects of ischemic areas - explains Prof. Stanisław Kwiatkowski, Head of Neurosurgery Department at the Hospital. - This is of colossal importance for the quality of life of patients after surgery, especially for such a sensitive organ as the brain. After all, we fight not only for life, but also for preserving the functions of speech, vision, swallowing, but also for the development of the child.

The CUSA consists of several parts, including a work handle (a hand surgical instrument with a tip that touches the patient's tissue), a footswitch that controls two functions, accessories including drain sets, tips, a set of screw-on tips with a torque wrench and a container for sterilization.

- We invite everyone for whom saving the health and life of children is particularly important to participate in our race - Daria Kulińska, President of the Board of the Tesco Foundation, encourages us. - We want the runners, both professional and amateur, to join us and, together with their families and friends, demonstrate their support for our goal on 31 August at Błonia Park in Krakow. We are convinced that we can achieve this goal by working together and having a great time at the same time.

Every year, participants of the Tesco Foundation Charity Run help to equip the University Children's Hospital in Krakow with another necessary device. Without their involvement, it would be impossible to renovate and equip various hospital wards with medical and rehabilitation equipment, as well as to purchase Prodrobot, "Carpe diem" device for newborn and infant dialysis, and "N" neonatal ambulance.

Thanks to the seven editions of the Charity Run so far, the Tesco Foundation has already donated PLN 1,047,255 to the Children’s Hospital in Kraków. In total, more than 10,000 runners were involved in the events, who covered a total of 57,154 km. Thanks to the support of the participants, partners and volunteers of the run, children are treated in friendly conditions and use modern equipment.