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6 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][br][/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]?[/p][p]It's been 4 years since my wife 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][br][/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][br][/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]?[/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 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][br][/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 through incredibly difficult terrain and, despite having no fundraising team or corporate backing, still raised over £4,000.[/p][p]In July-August 2019 3 of the team returned to Lapland to re-run the original route. The wilderness once again decided what kind of Challenge it would be and the temperature dropped from 27C to 2C in the first 48 hours with a relentless northerly wind. Having been marooned on an island for 36 hours the team had to make a safety decision to get off Lake Inari before the weather went bad again, then extended the hike. We raised approx £1,500 this year.[/p][p]In 2020 a team of 6 - including our first female member - return to Ontario, to attempt the route denied to us by forest fires in 2018. It is the most physically challenging route we have ever devised. We've included photos from 2018 of what we can expect. Our goal? To break the £100,000 mark in our fundraising.[/p][p]Please help us. 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 programme. 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]
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Personal Challenge Date

05 Jul 2020


Apr 9, 2020

Sarah Reed

Good luck Laura and team. Go safely!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 13, 2020


Good luck Jason and the rest of the team!


Mar 10, 2020


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2020


good luck to you and your wife mate!! All the best for the great adventure.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 3, 2020

Cris from Spain

Good luck Johan!


Mar 3, 2020


Great charity and good luck to you all.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 2, 2020


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 28, 2020

Catherine MacLellan

Good luck Johan! You can do it!!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 28, 2020

Laura B

Proceeds from jewellery sales from staff at City & Guilds

£300.00 plus £75.00 Gift Aid

Feb 28, 2020

Scott D

Good luck Johan. Looks like you might need it!

£35.00 plus £8.75 Gift Aid

Steve Kenward

Steve Kenward

Jason Coates

Jason Coates

Johan Brand

Johan Brand

Laura Brand

Laura Brand

Sam Weber

Sam Weber

Charles Cronin

Charles Cronin