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Inspiring stories from our Take It On heroes

Do you want to be a Take It On hero? Share your fundraising story with us today.

John

"I decided to take on the 24 challenge after my mum passed away due to pancreatic cancer earlier this year and my younger sister was diagnosed with the condition just before my mum died. My sister has had to endure many sessions of chemo and is now preparing for an operation which will give her a better quality of life. I plan to run 4x10k (which is slightly over 24miles) with my last run taking place on the 23rd November which would have been my mums 80th birthday. The courage my sister and mum have shown throughout their time with the cancer will certainly help drive me on to complete the challenge and to raise awareness and vital funds to fight this illness."

Dom

"I wanted to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK so it could not only raise more awareness but fund vital research into pancreatic cancer. My father passed away earlier this year and I would not want anyone to experience what my family had to go through, my father was diagnosed and passed away 3 weeks later. I decided to do a 24 hour live stream gaming session with my friends and during the games I even dyed my hair when I hit £1,000 and shaved it off if I hit £2,000! Those who viewed my livestream motivated me to keep going and I felt so much love at the end. If the money I raised helped even one family I knew it would be 100% worth doing."

Ailsa

Almost 2 years ago my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Its symptoms are very difficult to notice, with the lowest survival rate of all common cancers. Only 24% of those diagnosed in the UK survive the next year. A few weeks ago dad was told his body couldn't take anymore treatment and his care became palliative. And then last Thursday we got the craziest news ever - his last CT showed he is somehow cancer free.
It's been the most amazing, emotional and unexpected thing in the world. Everyone is a little mind-blown but we're so grateful. Dad's cancer could always come back, but for the first time in a long time we have hope. Hope is something pretty difficult to find when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but Pancreatic Cancer UK is a charity aiming to change that. They've done so much for my dad and work tirelessly to advocate for patients across the country.
This Thursday (Nov 19th) is World Pancreatic Cancer Day and I'm going to be dyeing my hair purple for Pancreatic Cancer UK!

Dylan

"I am Taking On Challenge 24 because my Dad was diagnosed August last year after he turned yellow and had constant itching. The doctors said that he was able to have the operation to remove the cancer. When speaking to the specialists afterwards, we were told that if Dad had left going to the doctors by 2 months, he would not have been able to have the help he did. Thankfully Dad is 6 months in remission. We know how lucky we are to still have him with us."

Carmel

"We are running a mile a day for 24 days to raise funds. My friend Tina lost her mother to pancreatic in 1982 after many visits to the doctor and 3 months after diagnosis. My mother-in-law died in 2009. Same story, many visits to doctors and in much pain.  We are now in 2020 and people are still sharing the same story. I was lucky to have completed successful treatment for Breast Cancer as funding has enabled research and improved diagnostic and treatment. This should be the same for Pancreatic Cancer."

Steph

"I am running 200km throughout November. The aim will be 5 x 10km runs a week - this will be a massive challenge for me and I hope my legs can take it. I am doing this in memory of my lovely dad who sadly passed away to pancreatic cancer 10 weeks after diagnosis 6 years ago. I had never heard of pancreatic cancer at the time but now I will never forget it. I hope to raise lots of money so others can benefit from research."

Sue

"We are taking on Challenge 24 because me and my children feel it’s so important to raise funds to research this horrible cancer and to help other people not to go through what we have had to go through. My husband lost his battle with pancreatic cancer this April. He was only 69 and we were looking forward to our retirement and enjoying time together and with our two children and grandchildren. He was never ill before this. He worked as a probation officer for 39 years and then was a victim support volunteer. The district nurses called him the gentle giant. Due to this horrible virus we were never given the funeral with family he should of had, we feel we have never grieved properly or celebrated his life." 

Helen

"My beloved mum Joan, was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in December 2012 and died just ten weeks later. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in November 2018 and the medication has caused osteoarthritis - until recently I could barely walk up the stairs. I am walking 24 in 24 4 Joan, so have set myself a 50-mile target, a massive personal achievement for me. Those diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer MUST be given the same care and opportunities as the majority of other cancers, so it too can become treatable."

Lucy

"I am taking on Challenge 24 and running 24 miles in 24 days during November. If I complete 24 miles before the 24 days are up then I’ll do more. I am doing this for my Dad who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in May this year. This was right after lockdown was eased and it’s been a a really tough time for us all, especially with coronavirus. He has started chemotherapy and it has hit him but he is strong and tough and getting through it. My Dad is my hero and my best friend. We have this has a family and the support from loved ones and friends have been amazing. I want to raise awareness and funds to fight this cancer."

Alison

"I'm fundraising to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer. My Dad died in February this year after being diagnosed in August 2019. He was a fit and healthy 75yr old who loved walking and was an umpire with the English Cricket board and well thought of with young and old. He never went to the doctors, always saying I'm fine. But when he did go with symptoms he was told he had food poisoning! He lost his battle in February this year after 5 months. I'm dealing with this by raising as much as I can by running every day in 2020. My aim is £5,000 and I'm at about £4,600 with 6 weeks to go! I love and miss my Dad so much, this is such a horrid disease."

Holly

"My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which spread to his liver in February 2020, exactly 6 months before his 40th birthday, unfortunately he lost his fight 6 months and 10 days after his 40th birthday. I decided to Take On Challenge 24 as my husband put up such a fight in his battle. I don’t want anyone else to suffer like he did and how we have with losing him."

Alexa

"My three sisters and I decided to take on the 24 mile challenge as we lost our wonderful Dad at the end of September just three short weeks after diagnosis and just a month after him saying he had a pain in his tummy. We want to see more research into links between Pancreatic Cancer and late onset Type 2 diabetes. If we can save even one family from going through the pure hell we have been facing then it will all be worth it. We decided to do a 24 mile walk in one day to really push ourselves with three of us walking around our home town in Essex and the oldest sister and her daughter doing their part in Yorkshire. Thanks to Covid we couldn’t do it together as we had hoped but we spurred each other on all day. Our beautiful Mum who turned 70 this year joined us for the final two miles and my 2 year old daughter joined us for the last street as we finished our challenge at the churchyard with my Dad. We have managed to raise over £2000 so far and had people come up to us on our walk and donate on the spot. Pancreatic Cancer is an evil lurking in many people’s lives and we want to help put a stop to it!"