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“Team Jackie” runners set two records – and they’ve not even started!

“Team Jackie” runners set two records – and they’ve not even started!

30 November 2012

When David Orme from Bucklebury asked for team members to join his charity run in memory of his wife Jackie, who died of pancreatic cancer in July this year aged just 46, he hoped to enlist around twenty people. He got over 250.

With numbers still growing, “Team Jackie” has 185 runners confirmed for the Bath Half Marathon in March next year. A further 75 children and adults will be taking part in the fun run on the same day. Team Jackie includes teachers, parents and pupils from St Gabriel’s School, attended by Jackie and David’s daughters, Sophie and Jess.

Team Jackie is the largest team that PCRF has ever had running on its behalf - and it will also be the largest such team taking part in the Bath Half Marathon event. In total, the runners hope to raise over £50,000.

Jackie Orme was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2011. Despite being one of the small number of people diagnosed early enough to attempt surgery – the only hope of a cure – when surgeons tried to operate they found that the cancer had already spread. Tragically, Jackie succumbed to the disease on 19 July this year, with David at her side.

Swelling the team numbers are friends, family and colleagues from throughout Jackie’s career. Jackie had a national profile in her role as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and members will be travelling from all over the country to take part in the event.

Says David: “Jackie made a huge impact on other peoples’ lives both professionally and personally, despite her own life being cruelly cut short. She was loved by so many people – as you can see from the support for this fundraiser. It’s all been totally overwhelming and I don’t have the words to express how much it means to me and the girls.”

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all common cancers. It’s a highly aggressive disease and only three in every 100 people diagnosed will live for five years. This survival rate has not improved in forty years.

With November being Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, David has campaigned to his local MP, Richard Benyon, to help raise awareness of the lack of research funding this cancer receives – less than 2% - despite it being in the UK’s top five cancer killers. 

Says David: “Jackie and I met at university and had been together for 28 years. That sounds like a long time, but she was only 46 and we should have had many more years together - and our girls have lost a wonderful, loving mother. When she was diagnosed we realised we wouldn’t grow old together and we tried everything to buy some more precious time.

“Jackie fought so hard to stay with us, but there just weren’t any effective treatments left when the surgery failed. Pancreatic cancer is such a terrible disease; I just don’t understand why it’s so overlooked and underfunded. This has to change.”

If you would like to sponsor Team Jackie, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/David-Orme1

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