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The 3N Challenge

4 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]The 3N Challenge is an unsupported, 300km amphibious trek across the northern wilderness, by a team of volunteers to raise money for genetic cancer research. [/p][p]There is only 1 simple rule - whatever kit you canoe in with, you must carry out.[/p][p]This presents a unique problem to solve, just like 3N cancer.[/p][p]In 2012 I lost my mother-in-law to cancer. Then, Christmas 2014 my wife Tina found a lump in her breast. Having inherited the BRCA1 gene from her mother, she was treated for 3N (triple-negative) breast cancer - meaning a cancer that isn't one of the 3 we have targeted therapies for today. [/p][p]She endured 7 months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery to remove both her breasts and reconstruct them, then radiotherapy. She is now in remission, but will have to her ovaries removed in future to prevent the cancer returning. [/p][p]Currently, our only way of dealing with these types of cancer is to attack our bodies with highly toxic poisons (including ones found in chemical weapons, poisonous plants and radiation) then chop bits off us to prevent it coming back.[/p][p]To replicate her journey in 2016 I led a team on a 300km trek across Lapland to raise money for the genetic research team at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital, who are trying to solve the puzzle of the cancers we don't have treatment for yet.[/p][p]Since then, her sister also got 3N cancer, her father skin cancer, my father prostate cancer and it struck other friends and their families too. Enough was enough - this couldn't be a one off event and The 3N Challenge was born. [/p][p]This August, the team - Myself, Matt, who's grandfather was treated for cancer; Charlie, who lost his father to prostate cancer and has undergone surgery and radiotherapy himself; Francis, who shared the same experience as me - will undertake the challenge in Ontario, Canada:[/p][p][b]CANOE. [/b]Navigate a 170km maze of rivers and lakes plus portage (i.e. carry canoes & kit) over an assault course of waterfalls,swamps and beaver dams. An adventure challenging their confidence, skills and stamina.[/p][p][b]TREK.[/b] Ditch the canoes and strap on your packs! The Challenge ends with an endurance trek: 130km traversing the dense forested highlands of the most challenging and least-trodden wilderness trail in North America. [/p][p][b]SURVIVE[/b]. Far from help, the team will be entirely self-sufficient, responsible for their kit, food, water and navigation. The knowledge and survival skills they've learned could be the difference between success and failure. Can they leverage what's around them in nature to travel light?[/p][p]The journey represents what a 3N cancer patient has to endure - the emotional rollercoaster, the endurance of chemotherapy, the physical shock of surgery and the continued endurance of radiotherapy on the road to recovery.[/p][p]The team have been training hard for this since January, learning how to canoe, practicing navigation and first aid and developing wilderness survival skills. They've worked on their fitness and strength, suffering brutal HIIT classes at the gym and strapping on heavy packs at weekends. They did a 45km canoe trek in southern finland, dragging and lifting heavy canoes in 28C whilst camping amongst the mosquitos and horseflies. [/p][p]3 weeks later they completed their final fitness test with a 42km paddle on the River Wye followed by a 27km hike the next day carrying 20kg over the Brecon Beacons whilst temperatures on both days soared above 30C.[/p][p]The blisters have healed and the team - 4 people of different ages, different backgrounds and different parts of the country, coming together to try and change the world for the better - are ready to go.[/p][p]You can read about our full story and how we are making a difference here: [url=http://www.3nchallenge.org/]www.3nchallenge.org[/url][/p][p]The Challenge is entirely self-funded - every penny we raise will go to the research team. Please help us smash our target of £20,000! Thank you![/p][p]Steve[/p][p]Founder, The 3N Challenge.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

04 Aug 2018


Sep 19, 2018


Well done Francis!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 18, 2018

Richard Payne

Well Done Steve!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2018


Pub raffle


Sep 2, 2018


Aug 29, 2018

Bev Beesley

Very well done on completing this challenge, I am in awe, it's really inspiring. And thank you for raising funds for such a good cause.


Aug 24, 2018


Better late than never...

Aug 22, 2018


£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2018


Congratulations to y'all. Well done!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 18, 2018

The Conway’s

Good luck and and well done all

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2018


Proud of you Matt! X


Steve Kenward

Steve Kenward

Matthew Ferry

Matthew Ferry

Charles Cronin

Charles Cronin

Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson