Last weekend over 70 people joined forces to raise awareness of the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer, pancreatic cancer, in an emotional and memorable walk around Windsor Great Park, Virginia Water.
The annual event is organised by national charity Pancreatic Cancer Action and was an opportunity not only to raise funds and awareness, but also, remember loved ones lost to pancreatic cancer and honour those still fighting the disease.
This video of the event shows the stories of Rachel Carder and Ashley Holland. Both had their lives changed 6 years ago when a loved one was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, the outcome of their stories is hugely different.
Rachel explains why the event means so much to her: “We are striding for survival today because my mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It’s been about 6 years now.
It’s just great to get together to support people that are going through pancreatic cancer at the moment. It’s such a horrendous disease and we know that not everyone is as lucky as us, as we have been as a family so we want to continue to raise awareness”
Ashley, who was there with her daughter Annabel, knows all too well the devastating impact of the disease:
“Almost 6 years ago I lost my nan. She was my whole world and I just know she’ll be up there and she’ll be looking down on this one and she’ll be happy. I think if they start catching it sooner then things can be done”
Ali Stunt, founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action and a pancreatic cancer survivor, says: “It’s a very special occasion, the warmth of the people is amazing and there’s a real family feel. We’ve not only had children but the dogs have come too. It’s a wonderful way to raise awareness.”
Pancreatic Cancer Action focuses on early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, a disease which has the lowest survival rate of all 22 common cancers at just 5%.
However, if the disease is caught in time for surgery then chances of survival significantly increase. Pancreatic Cancer Action aim to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms with events such as Striding for Survival so that everyone can have the outcome of Rachel’s mum.
Join us for the 2018 Striding for Survival event on the 3rd June at Virginia Water, Windsor great Park!
Find out more and register to join us on the day – Striding for Survival 2018
See the full Striding for Survival album here