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Take It On

Heroes

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."

The McKendry Clan

"Our amazing mammy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of this year but thankfully her cancer was diagnosed in the early stages and therefore it was possible for surgery and she was strong enough to come through it and is now finished a tough 12 sessions of chemotherapy. We definitely feel that she is one of the lucky ones. We are so grateful and because of this we decided to take part in ‘Take It On’ and raise much needed funds for this worthy cause. We have raised a phenomenal amount of money and thank you to everyone who donated. We are overwhelmed by the support from you all "

Ailsa

On World Pancreatic Cancer Day I died my hair purple for Pancreatic Cancer UK!
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.

Brian and his team 

"On the 7th of October, the anniversary of the day we finally lost David Mills Snr to pancreatic cancer, we celebrated his life by walking 24 miles to raise funds for vital research into early diagnosis and treatment. We have raised £3,441 so far!"

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." 

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!" 

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."