A team of 43 from Inverness and the surrounding area are coming together to raise funds and awareness for charity Pancreatic Cancer Action. The group are running the Inverness 5K fun run and 6 members are also taking on the Inverness Half Marathon.
The team are determined to raise funds and spread awareness of pancreatic cancer in memory of their dear friend Rosie Milne from Nairn. Rosie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2015 and sadly passed away just 8 weeks later on 4th September, two weeks short of her 60th birthday.
Kathy Boyle, who worked with Rosie, said: “It was very unusual for Rosie to take time of work but a persistent stomach pain meant she was taking more and more days off. We were all in complete shock when we heard it was pancreatic cancer, hardly any of us had heard of it before.
“Rosie was such a wonderful person and always so modest. I spoke to her when she was ill and she gave us her blessing to run in her memory. Rosie’s favourite colour was purple and the team, including her grandchildren, are proud to wear it on the day.”
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.
Ali Stunt, pancreatic cancer survivor and Founder of the charity, said: “We are delighted the team are giving their time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action. ”As a charity, we rely on the generosity of people like this to help us continue our vital work. Please back Kathy and the Team in their fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic
You can support the team by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/inhonourofrosiemilne