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Siriol Griffiths

In Memory of Brian - Er Cof Am Brian

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My story

[lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;]Quiet, mischievous, witty, intelligent and kind. That was the Brian we knew and loved. That was my dad. He liked fishing, rugby, snooker, Cardiff City FC, cards, chocolate raisins, pints of bitter (but only in a glass with a handle), and black and white films. He read to me for hours on end when I was little, helped me ride my bike without stabilisers, taught me how to play chess, showed me the finer points of gin rummy and poker (and more importantly, how to always win!), and introduced me to the films of Laurel & Hardy, Alfred Hitchcock and David Cronenberg, amongst other things. I miss him every single day. [/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;]In the prime of his life with so many things to look forward to, my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. [lt]span style="color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px;"[gt]He took the news on the chin, shrugged his shoulders and carried on with his crossword. [/span]Just a few weeks later, he passed away, having been given no hope of survival whatsoever. Amidst the pain and indignity of dying in such a cruel way, he never once complained, and just got on with it, as he always did. [lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;]My dad was the most stoic person I've ever met, and so I know he wouldn't have wanted me to mope around. This is why I'm trying to turn my grief into something positive by raising some much-needed money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. [/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;] [/span][span=background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;]My first fundraising event takes place in May 2014 where I will be trekking the Andes. My dad would have [i]loved[/i] to have made this trip, which is partly why I chose it. [/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]Some facts about this deadly disease - [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]* 8000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. It is the fifth most common cause of cancer death but attracts just 1% of overall cancer funding. [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]* Only 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive. Compare this to 95% of those with testicular cancer or 80% of those with breast cancer. Survival rates for people with pancreatic cancer have barely improved in half a century. [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]* There is no early detection test for pancreatic cancer, and the symptoms are vague. By the time the disease presents itself, it is usually too late. The average survival time after diagnosis is six months. Brian had six weeks. [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"[gt]Tawel, direidus, ffraeth, deallus a charedig. Hwn oedd y Brian roedden ni'n ei adnabod a'i garu. Ym mlodau ei ddyddiau a chymaint i fyw er ei fwyn, canfuwyd bod gan Brian gancr y pancreas. Ychydig wythnosau'n unig ar ôl y canfyddiad, bu farw, gan adael gwraig, merch, mab yng nghyfraith, wyres, a llu o ffrindiau annwyl. [span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;] [/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;]Fodd bynnag, fyddai Dad ddim am i ni fod yn ddigalon. Dyna pam rwy'n canolbwyntio ar godi arian sydd wir ei angen ar y Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. [/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;]Fe fydda i'n codi arian ym mis Mai 2014 drwy gerdded yr Andes ar hyd Llwybr yr Incas tuag at Machu Picchu. [/span][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]Rhai ffeithiau am y clefyd marwol hwn - [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt] * Mae 8000 o bobl yn y DU yn cael eu canfod yn dioddef ohono bob blwyddyn. Hwn yw’r pumed achos mwyaf cyffredin o farwolaethau cancr, ac 1% yn unig o’r ariannu ar gyfer cancr mae’n ei dderbyn. [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]* Dim ond 3% o’r rhai sy’n cael eu canfod yn dioddef sy’n byw pum mlynedd neu fwy. Cymharwch hyn gyda’r 95% o’r rhai â chancr y ceilliau neu’r 80% o’r rhai â chancr y fron. Prin mae cyfradd goroesiad pobl â chancr y pancreas wedi gwella mewn hanner canrif. [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #4d4840; font-family: Helvetica;"[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]* Does dim modd canfod cancr y pancreas yn gynnar ac mae’r symptomau yn aneglur. Erbyn i’r clefyd amlygu’i hun, mae hi fel arfer yn rhy hwyr. Cyfartaledd goroesiad claf ar ôl canfod y clefyd yw chwe mis. Chwech wythnos gafodd Brian. [/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [lt]div[gt][span=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; letter-spacing: 0px;][lt]br /[gt][/span][lt]/div[gt]

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May 22, 2014

Jill Lloyd

Great cause. Well played Siriol. x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 22, 2014

Gary

Da iawn xx

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May 21, 2014

Anonymous

Pob Lwc ar y daith wythnos ma

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May 16, 2014

Ruth Street

Good for you Siriol best of luck with the trek

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May 15, 2014

Phil Chappell

Your Dad would be proud Siriol x

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May 14, 2014

Ian Crocker

Best of luck from Ian Crocker and family

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May 9, 2014

Eli

You're amazing. Good luck!! And please don't catch the plague xxxxxxxx

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May 9, 2014

Vanessa and Georgie

To my lovely neighbor enjoy the experience x

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May 9, 2014

Katie's Beauty, Cowbridge.

Good luck! Look after your feet!

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May 8, 2014

Andy Jenkinson

Can you bring me back a llama?

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