Local man launches Chew Valley Challenge in memory of wife

By Chew Valley Gazette in Events

A 13 mile walk around the Chew Valley is beginning organised to raise funds for Ovacome, the ovarian cancer charity.

The inaugural Chew Valley Challenge is being organised by Alan Sanderson whose wife Yvonne died of fallopian tube cancer in 2014. On September 24th 2017 Alan will lead walkers from Woodford Lodge around the beautiful countryside and lakes in the Chew Valley area.

Alan previously completed a solo walk from Bristol to Exeter in 2015 in memory of Yvonne and he has been active in raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms in a bid to secure earlier diagnosis which could ultimately safe lives.

Every year 7000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancers. The majority of women are diagnosed in stage 3 of the disease which means that the cancer has spread beyond their ovaries or fallopian tubes, into their pelvis and their lymph nodes or peritoneal nodes. Because the cancer is often not discovered until it has reached stage 3 the mortality rate for Ovarian cancer is high, with more than half of those diagnosised with the disease dying of it every year.

However if the cancer is discovered in stage one the outlook for the patient is good, but with few women experiencing symptoms at this stage, or knowing the symptoms it often goes unnoticed until it spreads, which is why many patients and their families refer to ovarian cancer as the ‘silent killer.

Alan has recently moved to the Chew Valley and has met other families in the area affected by this silent killer. And it is this experience that has inspired the Chew Valley Challenge. Alan and the challenge team are hoping that the local community will join him for the challenge to raise awareness of this disease, raise funds and remember those already lost to this disease.

The walk is suitable for all ages including children and the elderly, and if preferred,  the route could be cycled. 

If you would like to join the walk, organisers are asking for a £10 donation for adults and £5 for children under 12. They are also appealing for help with raising additional funds encourage walkers to collect sponsorships from friends, families and work colleagues.

To register please contact Alan at alandyvonne@hotmail.com stating name and age of participants. If you would like more information from Ovacome, please contact Lee Priestly on l.priestly@ovacome.org.uk

For more information or to make donations to Alan’s appeal you can visit the Justgiving website at the following link :

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chewvalleychallenge

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