A North Staffordshire woman is taking on a huge new challenge next week in memory of her husband, who died 33 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Lesley Goodburn from Kidsgrove flies out to Beijing on Saturday to trek fifty miles across the Great Wall of China.
She is aiming to raise £49,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of her husband Seth who died from the disease last year, aged 49. Lesley has already raised £10,000 towards her target.
Pancreatic cancer only has a 19% survival rate over one year and this drops to 4% over five years.
It is the 5th most common cancer killer and the 10th most common cancer. Despite these figures it only receives 1% of the UK funding for cancer research and the survival rate has remained the same for 40 years.
Lesley said: “My husband Seth was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and died just 33 days later. Seth experienced a few vague symptoms like back pain, lethargy and indigestion for a couple of weeks before he was diagnosed. This trip is particularly poignant as six weeks before the diagnosis we had booked a three week holiday to China. Now I am making this fundraising trip in Seth's memory and I will be taking some of Seth's ashes with me. I will scatter them at the top of the 1500 step Stairway to Heaven on the final day of the trek. I am obviously a little trepidacious about the trip but will be taking Seth's love, spirit and humour with me so I am doing this for him.
The 50-year-old added: “One person dies every hour from pancreatic cancer in the UK and the survival rate has not changed in the last 40 years, 19% over one year and just 4% over five years. I do not want Seth’s death to be in vain and will be doing all I can to raise awareness of the disease.
Since Seth's death Lesley has set up a the Staffordshire Pancreatic Cancer Support Group supported by local nurses and clinicians and has helped with training local GPs on the signs and symptoms on pancreatic cancer.
If you would like to support Lesley you can donate via JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/Lesley-Goodburn/