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Alice wages war on one of UK’s deadliest cancers in 2012 Virgin London Marathon

Alice wages war on one of UK’s deadliest cancers in 2012 Virgin London Marathon

9 April 2012

A 23-year-old student from Bristol is helping to battle one of Britain’s deadliest cancers as she runs in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon on 22 April in aid of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Alice Sanders is currently studying for an MSc in War and Psychiatry at Kings College, London, and has been fitting her training regime around her studies.

Alice is determined to complete the marathon in memory of her dad, who was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008. Peter Sanders, who died aged 61, also had a strong interest in the military, with an early career in the RAF. After his retirement he became a businessman in Bristol.

“My dad’s cancer was unusual in that it was discovered relatively early and he was able to have chemotherapy treatment,” says Alice. “Often pancreatic cancer is discovered too late for chemotherapy or surgery because the symptoms are not easy to diagnose.”

She added: “Unfortunately, the cancer returned a couple of years later. Dad didn’t give up, but having suffered a stroke in early 2010 which severely affected his ability to fight – he died in March 2011.”

Some 8,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK.  It has the worst five year survival rate of any cancer – just three per cent – a figure that has not improved in forty years.  Despite being the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK, pancreatic cancer receives less than two per cent of overall research funding.

Alice is hoping to raise at least £2,000 through running the marathon and other local fundraising efforts, as well as raising awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Donations to Alice’s Marathon appeal can be made at   

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