Our Marathon Runners: Steve Morton
Steve Morton, from Woking is taking on the Brighton Marathon in memory of his mother-in-law, Margaret Adams. Steve has already run the Surrey Half Marathon for the last two years, however, he wanted to go the extra 13 miles this year to complete a full marathon.
Steve says “when Margaret passed, as a family we all completed Pancreatic Cancer Action’s annual Stride for Survival at Virginia Water and raised a good amount and that spurred me on to continue the fund raising.
I decided to enter the Surrey Half in 2016 and then again in 2017. As I turned 50 in February I thought I would take on a bigger challenge and saw the Brighton marathon on the PCA website.
As a family we feel it’s very important to do something positive in Margaret’s memory because that’s the kind of person she was. She was always busy and always learning something new.
She became ill very suddenly with the first sign that something was amiss being extreme fatigue and night sweats within weeks she then developed jaundice”.
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 Steve not only continuing to support Pancreatic Cancer Action but he is taking on tougher and tougher challenges. I’m sure Margaret would have been very proud.”
“We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Steve 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.”