Sarah’s father Peter passed away from pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2014, and this gave her the motivation to run in his memory. Sarah has raised over £4,200 to drive research into the disease.
Pancreatic cancer is very difficult to treat and patient prognosis is generally poor. By the time a patient has symptoms and the disease is diagnosed, it is often very advanced and the patient is faced with limited treatment options. Sarah wanted to raise money to help scientists at the ICR research better treatments for the disease and help others like her dad.
Sarah had never run a marathon before, but with the amazing support of her family in Canada and friends in the UK, as well as her colleagues from JP Morgan cheering her on and donating money, she went the distance.
Sarah says that the hardest part of her training was motivating herself each day to increase the distance she was running, but also limiting her socialising with friends in order to train.
Sarah said: “I miss my dad every day, but I know that he would be so proud of me running the marathon for such a worthy cause as the ICR. I’m really overwhelmed with the support I’ve received. My original goal was to raise £2,500, but everyone’s generosity has meant I’ve completely smashed my target.
Sarah’s team mate Keith was a first time fundraiser for the ICR and he too ran in memory of his father. Keith’s father passed away from prostate cancer. His grandmother has also had cancer, as have other members of his family and friends so Keith was keen to help the ICR make the discoveries that defeat cancer.
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