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Money Raised
Team Fundraising Goal: $1,000.00
Total Raised: $2,615.00


Members Recruited
Recruitment Goal: 2
Members Recruited: 2


Running to beat Pancreatitis


April/May 2017 Dave suffered several attacks of Severe Acute Pancreatitis first in the US and then in the UK, leaving him in a very bad state. Due to the support of everyone and the fantastic medical care at NYU Langone and QA Hospital Portsmouth UK after a couple of operations Dave has come out the other side with only a few remaining side effects. After battling through physical and mental demons over the last 12 months, it is time to be positive and not only bounce back but do something for others.

We had never heard of Severe Acute Pancreatitis, never mind knowing that it could be a life threatening disease and yet it came so close to having devastating consequences of our family!

Before all this & since we are novice runners and the National Pancreas Foundation was looking for runners to help raise money in the US Marine Corps Marathon event in DC. Dave, (never one to miss an opportunity to prove his stupidity), decided that in order to fight his mental demons, prove to himself, family & friends he is ok and to raise money/awareness for the NPF decided he would plump for the biggie and signed up for the full marathon. Rach, knowing she had to be there at the end to greet him but couldn't just watch without helping even more has decided to run the 10K (in a quick enough time to make sure she is there to pick Dave off the floor at the end). We are self-funding our own flights & accommodation and so the money we raise will go to helping NPF & their mission.

We have a minimum target that we have to reach between the two of us (otherwise we have to make up the difference) but importantly we want to bust right through that and raise as much as we can. We know that everyone is asked a lot for money for charity but this really is so close to our hearts as it almost took Dave from us, that we want to do all we can to help others facing what Dave went through and worse....so matter how little you can give it will be more appreciated that words can say (and come on - surely it is worth getting Dave & his bad jokes away from the UK for a few days)

So a little more details about things below....but all we can say is thank you for reading this, we have achieved part of the aim of raising awareness and if you can help us with the fundraising then thank you, thank you, thank you!

The US Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world and stands as the largest marathon in the world that doesnít offer prize money, earning its nickname, "The People's Marathon." Hosted in the nationís capital with the start and finish in Arlington, VA, the MCM course takes runners on a journey through some of the most recognizable landmarks in the USA. It is organised and staffed by members of the US Marine Corps and is also one of the flagship events for recognising the contribution made by those who serve on behalf of their country. (http://www.marinemarathon.com/events/marathon)

The National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting edge research, advocating for new and better therapies, and providing support and education for patients, caregivers, and health care professionals (https://pancreasfoundation.org/)

Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition of the pancreas that is painful and at times deadly. Despite the great advances in critical care medicine over the past 20 years, the mortality rate of acute pancreatitis has remained at about 10%. Diagnosis of pancreatic problems is often difficult and treatments are therefore delayed because the organ is relatively inaccessible. There are no easy ways to see the pancreas directly without surgery, and available imaging studies are often inadequate. In addition to the acute form, there are hereditary and chronic forms of pancreatitis which can devastate a person over many years. Sufferers often endure pain and malnutrition, and are most likely left with a higher risk of pancreatic cancer. In most cases, acute pancreatitis resolves with therapy, but approximately 15% of patients develop severe disease. Severe acute pancreatitis can lead to life-threatening failure of multiple organs and to infection

Team Members:
Total Raised$2,615.00  
General Team Donation$2,355.00  
David Hughes$200.00  
   Rachael Hughes$60.00  

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