Balham runner Simon Hoggart is set to compete in the Valencia Marathon on the 19th November to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action.
The 34-year-old is motivated to complete his first 26.2 mile race in memory of his father, George, who sadly passed away 11 years ago from pancreatic cancer.
George experienced some common symptoms of Jaundice and unexplained weight loss before he was diagnosed, and Simon says that inspired him to make the decision.
“After I completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon I swore I would never run a marathon, but the thought of running for Pancreatic Cancer Action changed my mind and here I am, about to run one in Valencia,” he said.
“I chose to fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer Action because they really focus on raising awareness, which I think is so important.
“I want to highlight the importance of raising awareness so that early diagnosis is possible and encourage more funding to go into the disease.”
Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer. The survival rate is just 5% – the lowest of any cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer.
The charity funds research into early diagnosis, provides medical education programmes and launches awareness campaigns.
Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, revealed: “We are delighted that Simon is giving his time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action in this amazing challenge.
“We are very sorry to hear that Simon has lost his father to the disease but it is a great way to do something in his memory. We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Simon we can continue our vital work.
“Please back Simon in his fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
To sponsor Simon, please visit his Just Giving page.