Our Marathon Runners: Craig Kelly
Craig Kelly, 35-year-old from Coventry, will be taking on the epic London Marathon 2018 to help raise vital funds and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Action. Craig has been motivated to run for the charity after father-in-law, Norman, was diagnosed the pancreatic cancer in 2012.
Norman had a major operation followed by 6 months of chemotherapy which got him back on his feet and enabled him to run his first marathon 2 years later at 71 years old.
Craig says, “Norman is again fighting this incredibly aggressive cancer but still manages to do half marathons on a regular basis, he is also the most positive man you will ever meet.
My wife Jenni ran the London Marathon last year for PCA in just under 4 hours and it made me unbelievably proud watching her achieve this. I may not be the biggest fan of running but I am Jenni and Norman’s biggest fan, so I will be running this for them.
I’m running for PCA in the hope that one day no one will have to raise awareness for it, as we will find a cure to rid the world of it.”
Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer. The survival rate is just 5% which is the lowest of any cancer.
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 Craig is taking part in the London Marathon to help raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action. Norman is an inspiration to us all.”
“We rely solely on donations from the public and it’s thanks to people like Craig that we can continue our vital work. Please back him in his fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”