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Woking man to run the Brighton Marathon in memory of his mother-in-law

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I am writing to you about one of our fundraisers who is taking part in the Brighton Marathon to raise funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer. Steve is taking on the marathon in memory of his mother-in-law who sadly died of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the least survivable of all 22 common cancers.

I have attached a couple of photos for you. 

Please let me know if you need any further information. 

Kind Regards,

Blair Sasada

Marketing Assistant 

Woking man to run the Brighton Marathon in memory of his mother-in-law


Steve Morton, from Woking is taking on the Brighton Marathon in memory of Margaret Adams, Steve's mother-in-law. Steve has already run the Surrey Half Marathon for the last two years, however, he wanted to go the extra 13 miles this year to complete a full marathon.


Steve says "When Margaret passed, as a family we all completed Pancreatic Cancer Action's annual Stride for Survival at Virginia Water and raised a good amount and that spurred me on to continue the fund raising.

I decided to enter the Surrey Half in 2016 and then again in 2017. As I turned 50 in February I thought I would take on a bigger challenge and saw the Brighton marathon on the PCA website.

As a family we feel it's very important to do something positive in Margaret's memory because that's the kind of person she was. She was always busy and always learning something new.

She became ill very suddenly with the first sign that something was amiss being extreme fatigue and night sweats within weeks she then developed jaundice"


Pancreatic cancer is the UK's 5th biggest cancer killer. The survival rate is just 5% which is the lowest of any cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer. The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.

Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: "We are delighted that Steve not only continuing to support Pancreatic Cancer Action but he is taking on tougher and tougher challenges. I'm sure Margaret would have been very proud."

"We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Steve that we can continue our vital work. Please back him in his fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer."

You can sponsor Steve here:


About Pancreatic Cancer Action


Pancreatic Cancer Action is a charity based in the UK whose mission is to change pancreatic cancer survival number and focus on improving early detection statistics. The charity's approach is to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer to the public, the medical community and Government, provide education and training on pancreatic cancer to medical professionals and fund research specifically into improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Founded by Ali Stunt, who is herself a rare survivor of the disease. Pancreatic Cancer Action has the support of many leading clinicians and researchers in the pancreatic cancer arena along with others whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer in some way. 


Further information about pancreatic cancer


Notes to Editors

  • Each year, almost 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK.
  • Every day, 24 people will die of pancreatic cancer - that's more than the number who will die in road traffic accidents.
  • Only 5% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for more than five years - this is because the because the cancer is very advanced when diagnosed. Unlike other cancers, this figure has not changed significantly in over 40 years. 
  • If patients are diagnosed at an early stage - it is possible for 30% (3 in 10) to still be alive five years after diagnosis.
  • This is no early detection test for pancreatic cancer.
  • The UK has one of the lowest survival rates for pancreatic cancer in the world.
  • Half of patients are diagnosed after admission to A & E. 


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Pancreatic cancer symptoms include

These six key symptoms to know:

-      Unexplained and significant weight loss

-      Abdominal pain or discomfort that can come and go, which tends to get worse

-      Indigestion that's not responding to prescribed medication

-      Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, dark urine or very itchy skin (jaundice)

-      Fatty and pale stools that are smelly and hard to flush

-      Mid-back pain