A Swim for Life - supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK
My name is Hamish, I am 35 years old and live in London. In 2005 my father James passed away from Pancreatic Cancer after a courageous and hard-fought...
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PANCREATIC CANCER UK
My name is Hamish, I am 35 years old and live in London. In 2005 my father James passed away from Pancreatic Cancer after a courageous and hard-fought battle. He had been a fit and healthy man who loved life and was cruelly taken from us far too early at the age of 56. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most difficult forms of cancer to detect and, as in my Dad’s case, this delay in detection makes the survival statistics even more terrible. Just 4% of those diagnosed live for 5 years or more, and this percentage has not improved since the 1970’s. And Pancreatic Cancer is expected to become the 4th largest cancer killer by 2030 ahead of breast cancer. Awareness and funding will help develop better detection, treatments and care for those suffering this awful disease.
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A Swim for Life
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in the UK, with World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 16th November. With this in mind I decided to undertake a challenge to increase awareness and raise funding.
From 12th November to 15th November I swam 476 laps, up to 2 hours a day in the pool with very numb hands and toes. On 16th November, which was International Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day, I swam a final 6 laps bringing my total distance to 24.1 kilometres.
The support I have received has been overwhelming and I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has given their time and energy, sent messages of support, shared tips and been rocks for me to swim from. I have been generously sponsored by Osprey Action Sports who provided a limb-saving wet-suit, hood and foot cover - check out their stuff if you are going swimming in cold water as it rocks - to BT and Mydonate who made a short interview and sent it out on their channels. (Found here if you want a giggle: https://www.facebook.com/BTMyDonate/videos/1827326494224031)
Thank you for your support!
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with gift aid: £9,810.75
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