Runner’s on course to raise cancer awareness
TIME may sadly be running out for his dying father but Gavin Waugh is determined to fund vital research into pancreatic cancer to save thousands of lives before it is too late.
Ian Waugh, a Methodist minister and retired RAF officer, was given just nine months to live after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in January.
Following research into the condition, his son Gavin was alarmed to discover how little was understood about the condition in the medical field.
In a bid to help find a cure, the 38-year-old Staples manager from Haydon Wick will join thousands of challengers at the 13-mile Great North Run on September 7 in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.
“I found out this January my father is dying of pancreatic cancer,” said the father-of-one. “At only 63 he may only have nine months. Despite being in and out of hospital, it has taken two years to diagnose, and if it had been diagnosed during this time, we may not be worrying about how long we have left with him.
“Unfortunately, my story is a common one. Less than four per cent diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive beyond five years, yet pancreatic cancer receives one per cent of cancer research funding in the UK, despite being the fifth most common cause of cancer death.
“Survival rates have not increased in the last 40 years. Because of such little research, it is extremely difficult to diagnose and remains poorly understood.
“I am hoping to raise £500. It will be too late for my dad but let’s make sure we change this for the future.”
To sponsor Gavin visit www.justgiving.com/Gavin-Waugh1