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Inspiring stories from some of our Big Step Forward heroes

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Rakesh

“I was motivated to take part in the virtual Big Step Forward as I lost my younger brother to pancreatic cancer. My brother’s passion for helping others with the same challenges in life when he was alive encouraged me to carry on the torch. My family and I walked over 7 miles on the day in our local park and we raised £256! It gave me immense pleasure to see so many people taking part to raise funds and I am prepared to help in any way I can.”

Abbie

“I took part in the virtual Big Step Forward 2020 in memory of my mum who passed away in July 2020. I walked 12 miles and raised nearly £700. A robin flew near me the majority of the walk, which made me feel as though my mum was with me walking. I absolutely loved taking part because it meant I was spreading awareness of this disease, and fundraising for lifesaving research breakthroughs and I feel so proud to be transforming the future for everyone effected by pancreatic cancer.” 

Hayley

"Myself and my husband took part in the virtual Big Step Forward 2020 in memory of my beloved Mum, who very sadly lost her battle to this awful disease in 2019, just 10 weeks after being diagnosed. We walked just over 15 miles and raised an amazing £1,371.92!! We loved taking part and stomped our way through all the tears, laughter, achy legs and dripping wet clothes!!! We feel so so proud to be able to help transform the future for anyone effected by pancreatic cancer."

Richard

"Back in December 2019, my wife’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis came as a huge shock. Lynda was fortunate that the cancer was found early enough for her to have surgical treatment, and she had Whipple surgery on 7th January. As she slowly recovered, we signed up for Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Big Step Forward, hoping to raise some money to support their three aims of providing support to those with cancer and their families, lobbying for better treatment, and funding research. We roped in some friends who also agreed to walk – all separately from each other and with appropriate social distancing! The sun shone on the day and everyone took photos. It was great for us all to be able to do something together, even if physically we had to be apart! The fundraising all went a bit viral and we have so far raised over £10,500."

Read Richard and Lynda's full story here

Naomi and Family 

"We took part in the virtual Big Step Forward 2020 after losing my Mum and Nanny to Nina, Leon, Sofia, lizzy, Isla, Joel & Isaac - in 2019. We were lucky to have 10 months with my mum after diagnosis- this awful disease is hard to diagnose and acts quickly. We walked 8 miles toegther on the day and raised £2,495. We absolutely loved taking part because this funded research towards this deadly disease. We hope that we can help transform the future for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer.”