Hannah Siequien, 20, from Loughton, will be taking on the courageous climb of 3,650 ft above sea level to the top of Mount Snowden to raise much needed awareness and funds for charity Pancreatic Cancer Action on the 26th-28th May.
Hannah has been inspired to climb the mountain, even though she has a huge phobia of heights because a close family friend of hers – Mark Bell has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment to fight the disease. Mark’s symptoms of severe abdominal pain were misdiagnosed as a digestive problem but after being rushed to hospital with acute pancreatitis and finding a mass on his pancreas it was confirmed he had pancreatic cancer.
Hannah says “Since being diagnosed Mark has been doing everything he can to help and raise money for this charity whilst going through chemotherapy. He has arranged charity football matches and a charity dinner/ball and has managed to raise so much money. It is time to show Mark my support and raise money for the charity myself.”
“No one should have to go through what Mark and his family are currently going through and it feels good to be doing something about it and potentially saving lives. Please dig deep in your pockets and donate and show your support to Mark and his family as well as all the people out there going through this battle with cancer too”
Pancreatic Cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer and 26 people die a day from the disease. The 5-year survival rate is just 5%, which is the lowest survival of all 22 common cancers.
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. The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.
Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that Hannah is giving her time to take on this incredible challenge and support Pancreatic Cancer Action. Mark is such an inspiration to us here at the charity and it is so lovely that Hannah is supporting him.”
”We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Hannah we can continue our vital work. Please back her in her fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
To sponsor Hannah and read more about her story please visit her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hannah-Siequien