Dylan’s Swim for Survival in memory of Anthony Smith

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Taking on a 20km Swim for Survival swimming challenge throughout the month of November 2018, Dylan has been putting his goggles and his PCA swim cap on and hit the water at the weekends and even after school to help raise much needed awareness as well as fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer Action.

Starting his swim for survival challenge on Saturday 3rd November, Dylan took to the water at Hebburn Swimming Pool in Jarrow to raise the vital awareness of pancreatic cancer after losing a family friend, Anthony, to this heart-breaking disease in August 2018. Swimming 1664 lengths is a huge challenge to take on but Dylan is SO determined, he’s even tagging on a few extra lengths per each swimming session he’s embarking on. Hoping to be finished by the end of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Dylan thought it’d be the perfect time to help spread the message and support all those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Dylan and his sister Hollie have supported PCA in the past with the help of their Mum, Julia. They’ve taken on the Junior Great North Run in previous years and are both very dedicated to raising awareness – even more so after the loss of their loving family friend Anthony Smith.

Without supporters like this family, we couldn’t continue our vital work in changing the future of pancreatic cancer – we can’t thank them enough for their ongoing support, hard-work and determination.

Anthony’s wife Hazel is incredibly impressed with Dylan’s thoughtful efforts and she is going to support him when he gets to his last mile. She says – “Anthony would be so proud of him.”

Throughout this challenge, despite studying and taking on his mock GCSE’s these two weeks, Dylan is full of smiles and relentlessly focused and determined that nothing is going to stop him completing this challenge. He is an inspiration to all, THANK YOU!

Take on our Swim for Survival challenge TODAY! You can personalise this event to your swimming ability, your time-scale and your location – it’s that easy!

If this challenge doesn’t appeal to you, we have plenty of other ways to get involved during November – Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month! Together, we can make a difference.


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