In the last issue of Progress, I asked you to take a stand with me and to unite and fight for early diagnosis to save lives.
Six months on and I am truly amazed by the wonderful support that we have received from both Pancreatic Cancer UK and the 35,000 of you who have supported the campaign so far. I cannot thank you enough or express, in words, what your support really means. But I’ll try.
When my son, Robert, was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer aged just 26 years old, our world fell apart. Despite complaining to his doctors of being ill for years, Robert’s diagnosis came too late to save him and he died within four months.
Nothing in life prepares you for losing a child and we were determined that Robert’s life would not be in vain. We would do everything possible to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer so that no other family had to suffer like we did. The only way to make sense of what happened, was to do something about it.
Robert would have celebrated his 32nd birthday on the 20th August. Knowing how many of you have got behind this campaign to have a simple test to diagnose pancreatic cancer early is a wonderful tribute to his memory and to the memory of every person lost to this devastating disease. It’s also a major step towards saving more lives.
I have been humbled by the stories of others that have been shared, and I hope that I’ve opened the gateway for more people to share stories of their loved ones. It’s only by talking about it that we can raise awareness and save lives through early diagnosis.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
You can still take a stand with Ann, and thousands of others like her, if you haven’t already done so. To unite to fight for early diagnosis and save lives, visit UniteDiagnoseSaveLives.org.uk