Our Marathon Runners: Daniel and Alana
Daniel and Alana, brother and sister duo from London, will be tackling the London marathon together to raise vital funds and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Action.
The pair will running in memory of their father, Colin, who sadly passed away from the disease. Colin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in his early fifties and lost his fight three years later.
Daniel says, “Running is an extremely new interest – and, as the marathon approaches, has become somewhat more of a fundamental life necessity rather than a ‘hobby’.”
Alana adds, “Anyone with a connection to pancreatic cancer will be abreast of the significance of early diagnosis.
Dad ignored (as is common) certain aches and pains considering them to be part of him being in his fifties. In fact, these were some of the few early signals that pancreatic cancer offers (back pain, weight loss, and the like).
Alana and Daniel
The fact that one of PCA’s driving forces is to educate the public of signs and symptoms drew us towards the charity as it presented a chance for any funds raised to help PCA, through an action as straight-forward as raising public awareness, to make a meaningful difference in the fight against such a merciless disease.”
Pancreatic Cancer is currently the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer.
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, says, “We are so grateful that Daniel and Alana are running the marathon for Pancreatic Cancer Action. Their story is inspiring, and it is a lovely way to do something in memory of their father.
We wish them the best of luck and would be very grateful if you could back them in their fundraising efforts.”