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Joanne runs Marathon to help beat pancreatic cancer

Joanne runs Marathon to help beat pancreatic cancer

11 April 2012

Surrey mum, Joanne Quarry, is determined to run this year’s Virgin London Marathon to help beat one of the world’s deadliest cancers.

Joanne, from Frimley Green, in Surrey, is currently running at least 35 miles per week to train for the event. She is set on completing the gruelling 26-mile run on 22 April to support research into pancreatic cancer, and in memory of her dad Peter Trill, from Dorking, who died from the disease in 2005.

Joanne hopes to raise at least £3,000 from her efforts, all of which will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF), a national charity dedicated to improving diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

“Until his illness my dad was very fit. He was a runner himself and also a keen footballer,” says Joanne.   “To see someone relatively young and fit die of pancreatic cancer within such a short time span is spurring me on to raise more awareness of this form of cancer – it really is the silent cancer.”  

Some 8,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK.  Only 3 out of one hundred people diagnosed will be alive after 5 years – the worst survival rates of any common cancer. 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.

 “My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer soon after he turned 60 and he died within eight weeks,” says Joanne. “He was really brave about his illness – he just took it on the chin and I hope I can find that sort of grit to help me complete the marathon!”

She adds: “When dad died my eldest child, Harvey, was only 18 months old: it’s only now that the children are at school that I’ve been able to commit to training for this event and so I set myself the goal of completing a marathon before I turn 40 later this year!”

Donations to Joanne’s appeal can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/Joanne-Quarry1   

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