East Renfrewshire youth Football club raise the bar in efforts to expand their continuing support of charities
Eastwood Juvenile U/19 players will throw their weight behind the fight against pancreatic cancer by wearing team shirts with the logo of national charity Pancreatic Cancer Action.
They will also be supporting a Family Fun Day and charity football match on Sunday 29th May at Giffnock North football Social club Braidbar Rd, Giffnock.
The club are supporting their coach David Fitzpatrick, who is also the founder of Action 4 Patricia and Paul, a fund for Pancreatic Cancer Action. The fund aims to raise awareness, educate the medical community, support patients and fund research into improving earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in Scotland.
David said: “We are so pleased that Eastwood Juvenlies are supporting the cause. Thank you to MKM building supplies who sponsored us in their 21st year and our 21st year as a club! One of the Directors at the Glasgow Branch, Craig, was keen to support the cause because his mother sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer.
“Sadly, I am all too familiar with the devastating impact of pancreatic cancer. Our family have lost two special people both our beloved mother and my brother, Paul, to this disease.
“We raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action because they have taken awareness of pancreatic cancer so far afield, including making medical professionals more aware of the symptoms. I only wish our family GP had more knowledge of it whilst treating my mother and brother who was diagnosed 15 months after Mum who died within a month of being diagnosed.
Pancreatic Cancer Action, which focuses on improving the survival rate of the disease – it has remained at just four percent for 40 years – by tackling the importance of early diagnosis and encouraging people to learn about the symptoms. For more information and advice, visit pancreaticcanceraction.org.
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.
Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are very grateful to David and all who support the cause, for giving their time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action.
“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals to help us continue our vital work. These funds enable us to continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
If you would like to find out more about Action 4 Patricia and Paul, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Action-4-Patricia-and-Paul. Anyone is welcome to come along to the Family Fun Day on 29th May.