Heartburn Cancer Uk
HCUK works to relieve sickness and give support to people suffering from heartburn,reflux,Barrett's Oesophagus, cardia and related diseases. It provides facilities for the detection and treatment of such diseases, promotes research into causes, prevention, treatment and cure. It works to raise awareness and to educate the public and the medical profession about these conditions.

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John & Chrissy Gorham's fundraising page


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In January 2016 our world was turned upside down when John was diagnosed with oesphogeal cancer.  That scuppered our plans to run the London Marathon together as John underwent chemotherapy treatment.  Later in the year he had surgery to remove his oesophagus.

Having deferred his place we are hoping to run this year's London Marathon together but as John will be undergoing radiotherapy and further chemotherapy in April we may be walking more than running!

Since the beginning of last year we have received outstanding medical and patient care from University Hospital Southampton.  John's surgeon is a trustee of Heartburn Cancer UK and through this link we have more clearly understood more about this type cancer and how early intervention is critical to effective treatment.

Heartburn Cancer UK is a charity devoted to raising awareness of this diesase both to the public and to medical professionals, aiming to reduce the proportion of cancers presenting at an incurable stage (currently 80%) and provide support to patients with the disease.  

Given that this disease often begins with quite innocuous symptoms either indigestion and/or heartburn it has usually taken a significant hold by the time swallowing difficulties emerge.  At this stage treatment options are reduced if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.  Supporting Heartburn Cancer UK will help to reduce the number of patients that fall into this category - something we fully endorse.

You can find out more about Heartburn Cancer UK at - and read John's blog at -

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23.07.17 Donations from eye patch sales.

12.07.17 Offline donations received.



27.04.17 xxxxx

25.04.17 Well done to you both

25.04.17 John and Chrissy you are both an inspiration.

23.04.17 My Mum has asked me to make this donation on her behalf - when I told her your story she couldn't believe you were running the marathon! Hope today has been everything you hoped it would be.

23.04.17 Good luck to you both

23.04.17 All the best for today big John. Smash it for 6!

22.04.17 Good luck guys, you're off your heads (Irish for mad!). Run, walk, crawl, as long as you do it, who cares. All the best Siobhan

22.04.17 Wishing you both all the best for tomorrow and have a great run! Enjoy

22.04.17 We think you are amazing and wish you all the luck for Sunday. We'll be willing you on in spirit. Love Rita and David

22.04.17 best wishes John and Chrissy

22.04.17 Very best of luck John and Chrissy - what an inspiration! x

21.04.17 Good luck Chris and John. XXX

21.04.17 Wishing you both an amazing run. All the best. Jeannette

21.04.17 Good luck Chrissie and John. In the words of Winston Churchill, if you are going through hell, keep going! We'll be cheering you on.

21.04.17 Nothing but total admiration for you stamina and determination. Love P&C

21.04.17 Good luck!

21.04.17 Good luck to you both!

21.04.17 Hi John and Chrissie, Good luck to you both and in particular John for what is going to be a fantastic achievement far beyond anything most people could even contemplate! Catch up soon

21.04.17 Good luck to you both!


20.04.17 Fantastic you are running it together this year and ever so slightly bonkers! With our very best wishes x


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