Sometimes in life you just get to that ‘why not’ moment, and that happened in the Spring of 2019 when my uncle’s 6 month course of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer failed to halt the disease and he was given a terminal diagnosis. I had also lost my father to this cruel disease in 2006...
I turned 50 in September of 2019 and I just thought ‘Why not complete 50 different events with the aim of raising money for research into pancreatic cancer?’ – so 50 at 50 for Pancreatic Cancer was born #50at50forPC
My Dad, Nick Lawson and his brother Bill
Nick and Bill's childhood in Waterford, Ireland, c1946
Survival rates for most forms of cancer have been rising, the five-year survival rates for pancreatic cancer have remained largely unchanged and shockingly low for the past 40 years, at less than 5%: this is the worst survival outcome for any of the 21 most common cancers., compare that to breast cancer where the survival rates - the average 5-year survival rate for women with invasive breast cancer is 90%.
Money is desperately needed for research so that we can help safeguard against others losing their loved ones to this forbidding disease...
So, between my 50th and my 51st birthday I planned to take on some interesting challenges with the hope of raising much needed funds, seeing some new sights and making some new friends...but then COVID-19 was upon us. Something so unexpected and it put paid to plans I had to run races, walk the Camino in Portugal or jump out of a plane for my first ever parachute jump.
So 50 at 50 is now going to be split over 2020 and 2021. I still plan to complete 50 challenges, but I have an extra year to do so.
So how can you get involved or help?
Donate – My 50 at 50 Just Giving page can be found HERE
Suggest an event I can take part in - Email me here: braveheartfitnessPT@gmail.com
Join me at an event – Have a look at the event calendar and if something takes your fancy then sign up - it would be great to have some buddies along the way
Spread the word! ... and help me raise as much money as possible #50at50forPCRF