woman runs London Marathon in memory of father
Burnham-On-Sea woman has completed the London Marathon in memory
of her father, raising thousands of pounds for a charity close to
Campbell from Burnham-On-Sea completed the London Marathon on Sunday
in memory of her dad Malcolm Troy - and she raised over £6,750
for Pancreatic Cancer UK at the same time.
Troy, also from Burnham-On-Sea, pictured right, was diagnosed with
Pancreatic Cancer in May 2015, by which time the cancer had already
become so advanced it was untreatable. After a short and brutal
battle with the disease, he passed away in December 2015.
completed the marathon in 4 hours and 57 minutes which she says
is inside her goal of five hours.
thanked the "incredible support" of friends and family,
who donated generously by sponsoring her.
said: "When we found out that my Dad had pancreatic cancer,
it was devastating for our family. My Dad was only 59 and a very
fit man. He ran the London Marathon twice, ran multiple half marathons,
climbed Everest, climbed Snowdon, regularly did the Burnham triathlon
and more. So, I was absolutely delighted to have this incredible
opportunity to follow in his footsteps."
not going to lie, it was really tough! Everyone told me that while
running the London Marathon you experience an atmosphere like no
other - and it definitely was incredible."
feels like the whole of London was out supporting you and it was
good to know my husband was in the crowd. There were some really
hard moments, but I called my mum, grandma and best friend on the
phone while I was running and they helped me through!"
that so many people had sponsored me so generously, and that every
step I took was helping to raise money to fund vital research to
help fight pancreatic cancer really helped me to cross the finish
Cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in
the single digits. Despite advancements in treating other major
cancers, there is still no early detection method for pancreatic
cancer. Every day, an estimated 1,006 people worldwide are diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 985 die from it.
added: "I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has
sponsored me. I've been completely overwhelmed by the amount of
support I've had, I just can't believe I've raised such a great
amount of money for this very worthy cause. It was definitely an
emotional day but I know my Dad would be so proud of me, and I have
no doubt he was there with me in spirit on Sunday. And considering
my mum and dad have both run the London Marathon, I'm delighted
to have completed the family set!""
Cancer UK works tirelessly to supporting those affected by the disease,
investing in research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic
cancer, and being there for everyone involved in the fight. To sponsor