2015 - Treading for Tony
What are we going to be doing? What is the Treading of which you speak?
Every year, Sally & Bob, the owners here at Dolphins try and do something a bit different for charity. In 2013 we walked part of the Great Wall of China for the Teenage Cancer Trust on behalf of Stephen Sutton, in 2014 we sponsored one of our teachers, Martha, to go out to Malawi and in 2015 we had already decided that we were going to ride in the Derby Sportive in September but didn't have a charity in mind.
A sportive is a cycling event that usually takes place over three distances. 25, 50 or 100 miles. You can choose which distance is for you and you can either raise funds for the Sportive charity or for your own. So we have decided to ride for Pancreatic Cancer UK over a distance of 25 miles. It's in Derbyshire so there will be hills, lots of them! You enter as a team of at least four. It's not a race and there are no prizes for coming first, or last in our case! Read more about the Derby Sportive
Oh yes, Treading is a slang word for cycling in case you were wondering.
To make things a little bit tougher, we have decided that we will try and ride 1,500 miles before the sportive in September, as a team and not individually!
We are the Lichfield Loons, Sally, Bob, Jane and Dave. Sally, Bob and Jane will be raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Dave will be raising funds for the Police Dog Charity. Our progress will be written on our blog where we will keep you up to date with our mileage! Read our blog
About Pancreatic Cancer
The pancreas is a large gland situated deep in the abdomen (tummy) in between the stomach and the spine. It is about 15cm (6 inches) long and shaped a bit like a tadpole. The widest part is called the head, which lies close to the duodenum (small intestine) on the right side of the abdomen. The middle part is called the body and the thin part is the tail, which extends towards the left side of the body, next to the spleen.
The pancreas is both an exocrine gland (produces enzymes) and an endocrine gland (produces hormones). It has two main functions.
Both of these functions can be affected if the pancreas isn't working properly.
Pancreatic cancer most frequently occurs from the ducts within the pancreas (ductal adenocarcinoma) but can also occur from either the exocrine or endocrine cells. Depending on exactly where they begin to grow cancers behave differently and cause different symptoms.
Read more about Pancreatic Cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: Support, Information, Campaigning and Research.
Following their Study for Survival in 2011, Pancreatic Cancer UK launched the Campaign for Hope which sets out two ambitious goals:
PCUK company number: 5658041
PCUK Charity number: 1112708
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