Our Marathon Runners: Sarah Dunford
Sarah Dunford, 25 from Farnborough, is taking on the incredible challenge of running the 2018 London Marathon in memory of her Nan, who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer.
Sarah will be raising vital funds and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Action on her 26.2 mile journey after the disease affected her life last May with her nan, Heidi. Heidi sadly only survived 5 months after her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Sarah says, “My nan was amazing, she really was one of a kind and the best person I knew. She was my best friend. Before she passed away I told her my plan to run the marathon and raise money for pancreatic cancer and am very grateful to be able to fulfil this challenge.”
“I’m channelling the inner strength of my amazing nan and running this to raise money for pancreatic cancer as more needs to be done to improve early detection and survival rates.”
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 so touched by Sarah’s story and feel honoured that she is taking part in the London Marathon to help raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action.”
“We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Sarah that we can continue our vital work. Please back Sarah in her fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”