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Gerard Varin

Gerard's Anglo-Suisse trip

Fundraising for Breast Cancer Now

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  • Event: Anglo-Suisse trip

Breast Cancer Now

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to stop women dying from breast cancer.

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www.anglo-suisse.net

 

I am running from my house in Duffield to my home village of Seleute, in the North West of Switzerland. The distance is just over 739 miles, and will take a month to complete on foot. The route covers approximately 291 miles through England, 448 miles in France and 17 miles in Switzerland. I will be running a marathon a day! ‘WHY do such a mad thing?’ I hear you ask! (as many have asked before!) In recent years there have been six ladies in Duffield diagnosed with Breast Cancer; which given the population of 5000 is astounding! To make matters worse they have all been in their 40’s with young families, some of whom are still at primary school. The last person touched by this devastating disease counts amongst my closest friends. I have seen, first hand, the harshness both the disease and the gruelling treatment can have. Treatment which lasts about a year, involves chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. Whilst this gives hope of a cure, it comes with the cost of hair-loss, general fitness and loss of self-esteem. Apart from feeling unable to help, except through moral support, I felt I had to do something. My epic run to Switzerland is it!

This adventure is a big physical and moral effort for me. I will be leaving my family alone for a month for a cause to which I would like to make a big difference. I would like to raise £20,000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign, a charity set up with the aim of finding a cure for Breast Cancer. My expedition is possible thanks to help from the Round Table team and friends who will provide food and lodging for the night as I run through their region. I am doing this fundraising to help to detect cancers earlier, because nobody is immune to this dreadful disease. I lost both of my parents to Cancer at the age of 59.

I am looking for sponsorship for this very worthwhile cause, and your donation, however big or small really will make a difference. Facebook and Twitter will be my voice and friend throughout my trip. With the help of a GPS tracker, everybody will be able to follow my journey live.

I’m looking forward to my expedition with a little trepidation, but that is nothing compared to the struggle these ladies have had to face.

Have a look at my website for further info/updates- www.anglo-suisse.net

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