March 8, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea woman to run London Marathon in memory of father

A woman from Burnham-On-Sea is set to run the London Marathon for charity in memory of her father.

Charlotte Campbell is set to run the London Marathon next month to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK after her father Malcolm Troy died of the disease at the end of 2015.

Malcolm, who was also from Burnham-On-Sea, was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in May 2015, by which time the cancer had already become so advanced it was untreatable. After a short and brutal battle with the disease, he passed away in December 2015.

Charlotte told "When we found out that my Dad had Pancreatic Cancer, it was devastating for our family."

"My dad was only 59 and a very fit man. He ran the London Marathon twice, ran multiple half marathons, climbed Everest, climbed Snowdon, regularly did the Burnham triathlon and more."

"So I am delighted to have this incredible opportunity to follow in his footsteps, while also raising raise money to fund vital research to help fight this cruel and savage disease, which steals so many lives and breaks so many hearts each year."

Pancreatic Cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits.

Despite advancements in treating other major cancers, there is still no early detection method for pancreatic cancer.

Every day, an estimated 1,006 people worldwide are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 985 die from it.

Charlotte added: "Running doesn’t come particularly naturally to me - I've only done one half marathon and this will be my first full marathon attempt. I know my Dad would be so pleased that I'm even attempting to do the marathon, so I am determined to do him proud!
I have raised over £2,500 so far for Pancreatic Cancer UK."

"My husband Rich will be coming with me on the day to support me and I'm sure my family will be keeping an eye out on the TV at home."

Pancreatic Cancer UK works tirelessly to supporting those affected by the disease, investing in research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer, and being there for everyone involved in the fight.

In December 2016, Charlotte and her family hosted a festive fundraiser in Brent Knoll for Pancreatic Cancer UK, which successfully raised £600, as featured here.

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Pictured: Charlotte Campbell with her late father Malcolm Troy, who died of Pancreatic Cancer at the end of 2015


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