Vanessa commented: “I am feeling ever so slightly terrified but excited at the same time. It’ll be an amazing experience and one I plan to enjoy and embrace as much as I can. Running in memory of my wonderful husband and raising much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer gives me all the focus I need (hopefully)!”
Sadly, Vanessa’s husband was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last year and he tragically passed away shortly after his diagnosis. Vanessa and her family have tried to react positively to the situation and their aim is to increase awareness and funding for Pancreatic Cancer UK as this is a severely underfunded charity.
According to Pancreatic Cancer UK, 27 people are diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer each day and many of these patients barely survive a month after their diagnosis. There has been very little improvement in life expectancy over the last 40 years.
Vanessa’s two sons are also participating in the London Marathon this weekend and they have managed to raise over £9,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK. As a family, they have raised almost £15,000 and their plan is to continue to raise more. The money raised will help Pancreatic Cancer UK to fund their research into finding a cure.
After the marathon, the family will be participating in the 100k Challenge where they will be walking the Cotswolds Way. The walk will take over 2 days to complete and the family will be required to camp overnight. The family have previously participated in the Rutland Spring Half Marathon.