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3N Challenge Lapland 2019

3 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]If you were told you had an 80% chance of getting cancer before you were 35 and there was nothing you could do about it, would you have made the same decisions you've made? [/p][p]There are 3 types of breast cancer we know how to treat. If it's not one of those 3 it's called 'Triple Negative' (3N) breast cancer. Genetic cancer (BRCA1 and 2) fall into this category too. Genetic cancer is passed on from one generation to the next - 50/50 chance each time - a bit like Russian Roulette. [/p][p]It's been 4 years since my wife Tina was treated for 3N breast cancer. Her sister too. Both have the BRCA1 gene mutation their Finnish mother, who sadly died from bowel & ovarian cancer 2 years before they got it, unknowingly passed onto them. [/p][p]Treatment for 3N and genetic cancer means having 3 types of poisons flushed into you then bits chopped off and removed. Then you're poisoned again but with radiation. Then they cut more bits off to replace the bits they chopped off (remarkably well). Then much later, they come back to cut more bits from you so it can't come back again. It's really that simple and brutal. But it works. For how long? Their prognosis is good but it's all down to statistics. Tick tock, tick tock. [/p][p]I decided a unique problem required a unique challenge. One that represents what the patients and their families go through - the emotional rollercoaster, the endurance, the physical shock and the long road to recovery. And not just a challenge, an adventure - fighting back by living: Canoe. Trek. Survive. [/p][p]The 3N Challenge is an unsupported, 300km amphibious trek across the northern wilderness to raise money for 3N & genetic cancer research. There is only one simple rule - whatever kit you canoe in with, you must carry out. This presents a unique problem to solve, just like 3N cancer.[/p][p]Originally a one-off "wilderness challenge" by a group of similarly-affected friends at the global IT company Cisco - the Challenge was born in 2016 when we trekked 300km across Finnish lapland raising (with the help of a dedicated fundraising team running events all year and the big corporate sponsorship Cisco attracted) £94,000. [/p][p]Since then my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer and my father-in-law treated for skin cancer. Numerous friends and colleagues are also going through similar battles. My wife's cousins found half had the BRCA1 gene too. Their children? Tick tock, tick tock.[/p][p]Fight or flight? There is nowhere to run. In 2018 we launched the 3N Challenge website and opened the event to all. We also created a new route in the same forest, but this time in Canada. A team of 4 trekked 286km through incredibly difficult terrain and, despite having no fundraising team or corporate backing, still raised over £4,000.[/p][p]You can read the about the adventure so far on our website.[/p][p]This year we return to where it all started in Lapland, with 2 of the Canadian team joining me to attempt the original challenge: the river (91km; 40 rapids), the lake (99km), the swamps (25km), then ditching the canoes and hiking our way out of the forest and onto the sub-arctic tundra into Norway (80km). [/p][p]The added bonus this time is that we'll all have to solo canoe and we have, as always, been putting serious preparation into this in terms of fitness and skills training, continually pushing ourselves, redefining possible. We cannot wait and you'll be able to follow us on Facebook and Instagram throughout. [/p][p]Please help us hit our target. Every penny we raise goes straight to the 3N and genetic cancer research team at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital, who are part of a global research program. This really is a survival story. By donating directly to them this means they don't have to apply for funding, meaning they can move faster. Every penny really does make a difference![/p][p]And what about decisions? The 3N Challenge is tough but it's also a lot of fun. You will experience real adventure, walk paths seldom trod and see things others only dream of. If you want to join us in Canada next June, the deadline is the 30th September to register on our website. Don't think about it, just do it.[/p][p]Thank you[/p][p]Steve & the 3NC Expedition Team.[/p][p]"Live as if you would die tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

27 Jul 2019


Jul 19, 2019


Good work, Steve!


Jul 18, 2019


Good luck guys!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Jeannie Brice

Stay safe guys! Awesome efforts -best of luck!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Lucy Pike

All the best Steve for such a worthy cause. Will be thinking of you, Lucy

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2019

Alex Brown

Inspirational effort for a great cause. Good luck

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Steve Kenward

Steve Kenward

Charles Cronin

Charles Cronin

Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson