Ruth Hitchcock

Daily Dip 4 Dave - Neuroendocrine Cancer UK

Fundraising for Neuroendocrine Cancer UK
raised of £10,000 target
Daily Dip 4 Dave
We provide support and information to anyone affected by Neuroendocrine Cancer


In 2008, Dave was first diagnosed with cancer in his bowel It was successfully removed and life went on.

Early in 2023, Dave's health took a turn for the worse and after a series of investigations he was diagnosed with multiple secondary Neuroendocrine tumours - an incurable form of cancer that has spread to his liver, lymph nodes, bowel, stomach and bones.

At only 57 years old, this is a devastating diagnosis.

Dave has been undergoing monthly hormone injections since June 2023 to try and control the growth and activity of the tumours. This proved to be unsuccessful in stopping the tumours growth so after more scans and a liver biopsy the injections were increased to 3 weekly.

This appears to be holding things at the moment and Dave is in a stable situation with no significant growth on the tumours for the last couple of months and pretty good bloods and test results.

This is expected to last for a few more months before the jabs start to lose their effect and then he will have to move to another treatment called PRRT which is a kind of targeted radiotherpay.

None of this will cure Dave - it is palliative care to prolong his life for as long as possible. Thats a pretty bitter pill to swallow.

In the meantime we live day to day with the impact of this disease, both mentally and physically. It has drastically altered our lives and brought so many challenges we did not expect. However we are trying to find happiness every day and make the most of the time we have now whilst we are still able.

I am fundraising for Neuroendocrine Cancer UK to support research into this rare and aggressive form of cancer.

I am taking on a personal challenge - a daily dip in the sea for a year - to raise awareness and funds for this cause.

I have been swimming in the sea for a couple of years but decided to challenge myself to get in every day ( and drag Dave in at least once a month) Some days in the winter it may be a quick jump but I will try my best to get in . If it is impossible due to storms, illness or work commitments that take me to landlocked places, then i will do a double or triple dip on other days to make up for it. I will do at least 365 dips between the 9th October 2023 and the 9th October 2024.

I am hoping that friends and family will join me sometimes and that people around the country might have a distant dip with me and send me their pictures. We will incorporate silly hats , celebrate special days and try to have some fun along the way.

Please join us in our fight against Neuroendocrine Cancer by donating to our cause. Together we can make a difference.

About the charity

Neuroendocrine Cancer UK exists to support and inform patients and families from diagnosis, enabling access to the best care and treatment, whilst stimulating Neuroendocrine Cancer research, increasing national awareness, and influencing improvements in outcomes.

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