Calling on the North to Join the Fight against Pancreatic Cancer!
Pancreatic Cancer Action is asking the North to Join the Fight against pancreatic cancer at their annual Striding for Survival walking challenge in Wakefield on 4th September. This is a 3km, 5km or 10km walk or run held for the first time in Thornes Park, Wakefield. The challenge was established in order to raise the profile of pancreatic cancer and generate funds.
The first walk, Striding for Survival; Virginia Water, held in 2011 was organised by Rachael Rogan who lost her father to pancreatic cancer. Rachael said: “The reason I set up Striding for Survival was that it was 25 years since my father died from pancreatic cancer. However, since his death the stats haven’t changed at all…The aim is to stride to survive and ensure more people survive this terrible cancer.”
Gillian Simpson from Ossett, was keen to bring the event to the North after losing her husband, Malcolm, in 2014
just six months after being diagnosed.
Gillian says: “Although this charity is based in Hampshire, pancreatic cancer doesn’t recognise the north/south divide! This devastating cancer takes away our loved ones wherever we are from; who ever we are and we need to fight it in as many ways we can – so this walk brings people from our community together to do just that.”
Holly, fundraising assistant at Pancreatic Cancer Action says: “This is a great opportunity to get families together
to enjoy a walk round this lovely park AND raise awareness and funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action!
“We are delighted that people are giving their time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action. As a charity we rely on the generosity of individuals to help us continue dour vital work.”
Pancreatic Cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer and 24 people die a day from the disease. The 5 year survival rate is just 4%, a figure which has not changed in over 40 years. Most pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed too late.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer.
Registration is 10 and free for 16 and under!