Emplas National Sales Manager Jody Vincent has completed the London Marathon to raise more than £3500 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Competing in the 26 mile 365 yard challenge in its 35th year on Sunday [26/4/15], Jody completed the gruelling course through the streets of the Capital in a highly respectable 5 hours and 3 minutes.
He decided to take on this year’s following the death of his late uncle, Peter Wright, who died following a battle with pancreatic cancer on Christmas Eve last year.
Jody said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to know Peter, would know what a kind, loving person he was. He would do anything for anyone, and had a great sense of humour.
“It was horrible seeing him go through the last year of his life suffering from one of the worst forms of cancer. He tried so hard to keep fighting and kept his sense of humour throughout.”
Pancreatic cancer affects more than 8,000 people in the UK each year, accounting for around three per cent of all cancers but five per cent of cancer deaths.
It’s difficult to diagnose because symptoms are often vague and may also be a sign of other more common illnesses that affect the gut including heartburn, pancreatitis and gallstones, which means that diagnosis is often late.
“When he was diagnosed, I was shocked to learn of the survival rate of pancreatic cancer, there are so many forms of cancer but pancreatic cancer is over looked and research is underfunded.
“After Peter died, I decided to I wanted help raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, and help raise money towards research”, explained Jody.
He concluded: “It was hard work and my knees are paying for it now but that’s nothing compared to what Peter and thousands of other pancreatic cancer suffers go through in the UK every day. The donation fund is still open and I would just like anyone who can, to make a donation to funding research and hopefully a cure, for this horrible disease.”
If you would like to make a donation to Jody’s campaign to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK, you can do so by going to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and searching for Jody’s page.