200km for pancreatic cancer

By Stephanie McKenna

My Achievements

Reached 100% of goal

Reached 50% of goal

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Self donated

My Updates

Why I am running....

Just before lockdown I started running... for fun!!! (I know people say I am crazy). 

It wasn’t something I was desperate to do and in February it was rather cold but I thought I would give it a go.... and I actually enjoyed it...

Then lock down happened....

Running was more than exercise then, it became MY time. Time when I could listen to my music and clear my thoughts.... a time when I didn’t have to think about home schooling Olivia and Joshua or the next webinar I was planning.... it was just me!!! 

I now LOVE running, don’t get me wrong, some mornings I think I can’t be bothered and they can be a struggle but as soon as I get going I am back in my happy place. 

So when I remembered November was “pancreatic cancer awareness month” an idea came to me. Let’s set myself a challenge!! 

 I could have easily set a lower target but I want to push myself... and I want to achieve something I haven’t before and give people a good reason to sponsor. 

I also want people to read my post and remember PANCREATIC cancer. I hope that none of my friends or family ever have to hear that a loved one has this horrible cancer and I want people to be aware of the symptoms. 

- Pain in the back or stomach area – which may come and go at first and is often worse when lying down or after eating
- unexpected weight loss
- yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) – it also may cause dark yellow or orange urine, pale-coloured pooh and itchy skin

Other possible symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
- feeling sick and being sick
- changes in bowel movements (diarrhoea or constipation)
- fever and shivering
- indigestion
- blood clots

My dad had these symptoms but unfortunately it was too late for him and just 10 weeks after diagnosis he was rushed to hospital and died 😭

Not a day passes when I don’t think about him, the love he had for his family and how hard he worked over the years to be a great husband and dad and I thank my lucky stars everyday that he was my dad. 

At this time with COVID people are missing screenings, not going to the doctors with symptoms and sadly this will result in many many more late diagnoses and inevitably deaths. Please please please if you are reading this and have ANY concerns make sure you are seen. Life is too short, don’t let it be shorter. 

Sponsor me if you can, but more importantly look after yourself. 

Thank you to my Supporters

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Sophie Palmer

Go Steph!! Amazing. 😀👍

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Dan Powney

Good luck Steph, you're crazy but I know you'll do this easily x

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Nari Jagait

Lovely message Stephanie about your reasons for doing this; I didn’t know your dad, but I have no doubt he would be very proud. You look amazing on running too... you’ve got this! 👊🏽xx

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Gem Boyd

Good luck Steph I know you'll smash it. We'll done, what a great cause xxx

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Callum Thomas

Massive respect Steph and a great cause!

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Jen Lofthouse

You're smash it !!! Good luck Matey x

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Elizabeth Giddy

Well done Steph, you’re going to smash this! Xx

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Tony Davies

Go steph

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Gemma Longland

Go Steph! We are all very proud of you. Nick, Gem, Olly & Sienna xxx

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Lubna Aboobacker

I don’t think I would’ve survived lockdown if you hadn’t inspired me to run. I’ve watched your consistency through rains and hangovers and everything else! I’m sure you can do this! More power to you 💜

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Samantha Carslake

Good luck Steph ❤️Xxx

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Alix Barraball

Go Steph,do your dad proud x

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Anthony Nyman

Good luck Steph. Xxx

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Sophie Southam

Good luck you crazy lady xx

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Tia

Good Luck Steph!xx

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Lucy Lockyer

You go girl!! So wish I had even a fraction of your willpower and enthusiasm for running! 😂 I’ll be with you in spirit xxx

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Andrew Renton

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Ozma Taylor

You’ll smash it Steph!!

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Leighton Millis

Good luck Steph. We're proud of you.

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Mike Sanchez

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Liz Bowe

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M

Fantastic cause, I know you will smash through your goal.

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Sarah Beacock

What a lovely idea Steph - full of admiration for your commitment. Good luck!

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Fiona Reilly

Well done Steph! A great cause!

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Chris Medlock

Excellent cause Steph and good luck.

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Lewis Mcvey

I'm not sure I could drive 200km in November these days but I'm sure you'll smash it!

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Gill Marsden

You go girl, your daddy would be super proud xox

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Peter Sibley

Good luck Steph, what an amazing effort for a great cause!!

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Phil Monks

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Julianne Antrobus

Great cause. Super proud - well done Steph!

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Lindsay Roche

Well done Steph! A fantastic way to keep healthy during lockdown as well as raising money for a great cause at the same time.

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Gaby

Always thought you were a crazy, fantastic girl, but now you've proved it!! Wonderful for you to do this challenge and to raise awareness of this dreadful disease. Go for it girl!

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James Rudd

Good luck, an amazing effort an a worthy cause.

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Steve Hughes

Hey Steph, Fab effort, so impressed and for such a great cause

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Philip Isgar

Good Luck Steph, . . . My Fitbit gets me to 10000 Steps a day no where near as impressive as you. Your a star and you can do it.

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Iain Forcer

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Tim Stone

Wonderful cause and deeply impressed with your commitment.

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James Hill

Good Luck

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Aidan And Beverley Xx

Well done Stephanie for taking this on and for such a worthwhile cause that’s touched both our families xx

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V

Good for you Steph. Good luck.

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John Carine

Steph, i am really proud of you for doing this, your Dad would be proud of you. Well done and good luck :)

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Tom Greatrex

Go for it Steph...

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Gareth Davies

A very good cause - well done for doing this - very best of luck

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Anonymous

Great cause, Steph. Keep running!

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Anonymous

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Nicolette Vyce

A great idea and worthy cause. Let us know when, and we'll run the last leg with you (remotely obvs). Good luck

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Emma Boyd

No backing out now 😜 proud of youuuuuu my friend 😘💜

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Nicola Haywood

Good luck Steph and I hope you raise lots of money xx

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Sara Crane

Bloody amazing! Go Steph! You can do it! 😘

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Lucy Jones

So proud of you my friend. Run forest xx