Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Event
Time & Location
About the Event
As many of you may or may not know, on the 8th August 2011, our dad passed away with Pancreatic Cancer after being diagnosed for only three and a half weeks. He developed a persistent cough in the February and was then put on numerous amounts of antibiotics before being sent for a chest x-ray and bloods. They then found a few nodules in his lungs but these were secondary cells. After more tests and time spent in hospital, it wasn't until the July when it was confirmed that he had Pancreatic Cancer.
This type of cancer is a silent one and often patients are unaware that they have it until they get symptoms from elsewhere in the body, meaning that the cancer has spread. It is also one of the least funded cancers in the UK, despite it being one of the most deadly cancers.
Each year around 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It's the fifth most common cause of cancer death, causing five percent of all cancer deaths each year. It has the lowest survival rate of all cancers – just 5% of those diagnosed survive beyond five years and it is unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. This figure has barely improved in 40 years whereas many cancers, five year survival rates have increased hugely since the 1970s.
So why is this?
Despite its high death rate and lack of improvement in chances of survival, pancreatic cancer has attracted little research funding in comparison with many other cancers - currently less than 2% of research funding from the major funding bodies.
There are a number of factors that influence the level of research funding for particular types of cancer, but for pancreatic cancer, ‘researchability’ and fundraising are the most significant. Some tumour types are easier to work on than others …and many researchers are attracted to areas or disease where there is real evidence of potential for progress. Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, because it is unusually aggressive, symptoms are often vague and appear at a late stage, when surgery is no longer possible.
So please support me and join me on Zoom on Thursday 19th November 7-8pm for an online yoga class where we will be stretching, flowing, and relaxing on our mats to release any tension and stress through the body.
We will create a calm and relaxing atmosphere through guided meditation and pranyama (breathing exercises.)
All abilities are welcome.
The class is free but any donations for this charity will be greatly appreciated. Please donate via the go fund me page link below:
As well as our online yoga class, I will be holding an online raffle for those who attend and also have donated. These are our prizes so far and I am over-whelmed with how many small, local (and also distant) businesses have offered donations towards this fantastic cause. In no particular order we have:
`1) A £20 beauty voucher with Sweet Lemon Beauty.
2) A gorgeous plant from Lola's Garden.
3) A £15 voucher from Firenest Candles.
4) A beautiful moon print, painted by local artist Sarah Harrison.
5) Wild Orange Essential Oils.
6) An online 6-month membership with Mind Body Bowl.
7) A group P.T session with The Fitness Collective Bedford.
8) An aroma touch technique gift voucher.
9) A 1 month unlimited class pass for face to face and online yoga classes with me.
10) A family portrait voucher worth £100.
11) A £40 cleaning voucher which could be used for your home or business.
12) A nutrition and lifestyle coaching consultation.
We really are so lucky in Bedford to have all these amazing local businesses who want to help.
So to enter, either sign up through my website and attend a yoga class either Monday or Thursday to be entered into the draw, (a donation big or small would be greatly appreciated) OR if you would like to only enter the raffle, please make a donation to the charity and in the comments section under your donation write your name and raffle.
I've already exceeded the target so let's see how much more we can raise in memory of dad. 🧘♀️
Many thanks and let's help spread the awareness.
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