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Stephen Webster

Running the New York Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Ten years ago I ran the New York Marathon in memory of Edith, my Mother-in-Law, who died of Pancreatic Cancer only three weeks after it was diagnosed. Late diagnosis meant that the cancer was simply too advanced to treat, and impossible to survive.[/p][p]Since then, I have been saddened to hear of the deaths of family friends, and family of friends, in similarly traumatic circumstances. Ten years on, whilst there has been some increase in awareness of Pancreatic Cancer, early diagnosis continues to be a fundamental problem, and Pancreatic Cancer continues to struggle to attract the level of public attention and research funding needed to fight this insidious disease. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival of all common cancers and survival rates have not shown much improvement in the last 40 years in the UK. [/p][p]So, on Sunday 3 November 2019, I will be running the New York Marathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK.[/p][p]Running the New York Marathon 10 years ago was a great experience and a very memorable occasion. Being 10 years older, I have to say that I have found the training regime quite a lot harder, frankly for poorer results. However, I have taken some comfort from the philosophical words of Murakami*:-[/p][p][i]“In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. Since my forties, though, this system of self-assessment has gradually changed. Simply put, I am no longer able to improve my time. I guess it’s inevitable, considering my age”.[/i] [* © Haruki Murakami, ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’, Vintage, 2009].[/p][p]So, on this occasion, in addition to getting to the finish line and raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of my late Mother-in-Law, I want to savour this unique New York experience, and to give thanks for the love and support of my Wife, my Daughter and my Family.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Pancreatic Cancer UK.[/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p][p]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

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Supporters

Oct 11, 2019

Mike Fiona and the boys xx

Have a great day when it comes, not long until the training is done and then you can relax! A very deserving cause.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 11, 2019

Gregor Munro

All the best Stephen. Have “fun”.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2019

Audio Light Systems

Have fun

£100.00

Oct 9, 2019

Pat Queen

Good luck Stephen, this is a very worthy cause.

£100.00

Oct 9, 2019

Doug and Rae

Run well, Step!

£100.00

Oct 8, 2019

JLG

Outstanding effort Stephen - bravo. Don’t forget to roll out those quads afterwards!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2019

Sharon

All the best, I am very impressed and such a worthy cause.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2019

Anonymous

Good luck Stevo!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid