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).

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.”

You can sponsor Daniel and Alana here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hoborough

 About Pancreatic Cancer Action

 

Pancreatic Cancer Action is a charity based in the UK whose mission is to change pancreatic cancer survival number and focus on improving early detection statistics.  The charity’s approach is to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer to the public, the medical community and Government, provide education and training on pancreatic cancer to medical professionals and fund research specifically into improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Founded by Ali Stunt, who is herself a rare survivor of the disease. Pancreatic Cancer Action has the support of many leading clinicians and researchers in the pancreatic cancer arena along with others whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer in some way.

 

Further information about pancreatic cancer

Notes to Editors

  • Each year, almost 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK.
  • Every day, 24 people will die of pancreatic cancer – that’s more than the number who will die in road traffic accidents.
  • Only 5% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for more than five years – this is because the because the cancer is very advanced when diagnosed.  Unlike other cancers, this figure has not changed significantly in over 40 years.
  • If patients are diagnosed at an early stage – it is possible for 30% (3 in 10) to still be alive five years after diagnosis.
  • This is no early detection test for pancreatic cancer.
  • The UK has one of the lowest survival rates for pancreatic cancer in the world.
  • Half of patients are diagnosed after admission to A & E.