Chris Lampl and his school friend Oliver Umney will be taking on the incredible challenge of walking the length of the UK, approximately a 950 mile route from John O’Groats in the North of Scotland to Land’s End in the South of England. They will be starting their walk in April, in memory of Chris’ mother Karen Gordon Lampl and to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action.
Karen was sadly diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2011 after experiencing back pain. She underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy which wasn’t effective and sadly passed away from a related stroke in February 2013.
Chris says “I think a big thing for me was the shock at how someone who led a very healthy and active lifestyle could suddenly be diagnosed with such a disease which I think of as normally more prevalent in less healthy people. Hopefully the money raised will help with earlier diagnosis in cases such as this!”
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 Chris and Oliver are giving their time to take on this incredible challenge and support Pancreatic Cancer Action.”
”We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people Chris and Oliver that we can continue our vital work. Please back her in their fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
To sponsor Chris and read more about his story please visit her fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-Lampl