Gillian SimpsonGillian Simpson, Girl Guiding extraordinaire from Ossett, is holding her annual Striding for Survival event to help raise awareness and funds for National Charity Pancreatic Cancer Action. The stride will be held on Sunday 1st October at Thornes Park in Wakefield.
Gillian is a community representative for the charity and has been involved since 2014 after she sadly lost her husband, Malcolm, to the disease 6 months after being diagnosed.
Striding for Survival is a family friendly event that offers a 2.5k, 5k and 10k routes to suit everyone whether they want to walk, jog or run. It only costs £10 to register with under 16’s being free and everyone receiving a finishers medal.
Gillian says, “Supporting PCA has been an important part of my life since losing Malcolm. His experience of a late diagnosis and an apparent lack of knowledge about the cancer amongst local health professionals spurred me on to work with a charity.”
“They are committed to raising awareness and working towards getting the message about this almost silent cancer out there so that others might have the chance to avoid losing a loved one to this devastating illness”
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 Gillian will be holding Striding for Survival in Wakefield again this year as it was so successful last year. Striding for Survival is the perfect way for everyone who is affected by the disease and supporting the Charity to come together and unite.”
If you are interested in taking part in Striding for Survival then you can find out more and sign up here