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I'm Taking it On for Pancreatic Cancer UK
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and for the second year running I am Taking It On.
As everyone knows, I was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in January 2020. Pancreatic cancer is hard for doctors to spot and there is no simple diagnostic test. More than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. I was one of the lucky ones because my tumour grew in such a way that it caused me to become ill and to see a doctor. Because it was caught early enough I was able to have surgery to remove it.
Even after major surgery and 6 months of chemotherapy my cancer managed to come back, this time in my liver. But again I was lucky. It was caught in time for me to have ground-breaking new radiotherapy treatment which has seen it off and currently I am cancer free and living my best life!
This has made me more determined than ever to take on another fundraising challenge and to raise awareness for a cause that really is close to my heart.
Last year my challenge 24 was to walk 24 miles in 24 days and I hoped to raise £500. Thanks to your generosity I smashed that target and raised over £2000. This year it was harder to find something that would really challenge me - I already swim and walk and I can't expect my friends, however generous, to keep paying money for something I enjoy doing anyway. However, after much soul searching we have come up with Sing 24!
My challenge is to learn and sing 24 songs in an evening. Sure I like to sing, but in front of an audience with the pressure of getting through 24 numbers .... now that's a challenge!! But as nerve wracking as it is, it is nothing compared to the anguish that someone, somewhere is going through right now, having just been told they have pancreatic cancer and they have just a few months to live.
My challenge will take place on Sunday 28th November, at St Lawrence Church Hall, Bridle Road, Eastcote HA5 2SJ at 7.30pm. I'd love it if you'd come along and support me. Don't worry it won't just be me caterwauling, I have a wonderful trio of musicians who have so kindly given up their time for free to support the cause, plus a few special friends who will be joining me in my endeavours. And there will be a bar and snacks on sale!!!! There won't be any entrance fee but you are asked to please donate and sponsor my challenge with all the financial generosity you can muster.
Numbers are limited so please let me know if you are coming along. I really hope you will be with us on the night, but even if you can't, please if you possibly can, sponsor me anyway. There'll be a recording or you can watch on zoom!
Please support me and my fundraising. Together we can help fund vital research to help get closer to a breakthrough in early diagnosis.
Pancreatic cancer is tough but together, we’ll Take It On.
From the bottom of my heart, the biggest of thank yous.
My donations have funded...
52 hours with a nurse on our Support Line
46 hours of early diagnosis research
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Reached 50% of goal
Reached 100% of goal
Funded 1 day of Research
Funded 2 days of Research
Funded 3 days of Research
Target increase!Well we've already smashed the initial £1000 target with a whopping £1237 raised so it would be rude not to raise the target to £1500!
Venue booked, songs chosen, learning like mad ......!!!People who meet me out walking the dog or who drive past me in traffic or hack up and down the swimming lanes next to me must all think I am stark staring bonkers! Why? Because I spend the whole time reciting song lyrics!
Thank you to my Supporters
Polly & Mark
Laura + Justin Van Rooyen
Adrian And Grace
Kate & Mike
Barry & Karen