December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
A Dereham man, who with his late wife set up a social organisation to increase awareness and raise funds for research into the rare cancer that killed her, is tomorrow set to lead a team on their biggest challenge yet in her memory.
Fynn Cornish, whose wife Victoria died in January from the incurable adrenal cortical carcinoma (ACC) aged 29, is leading a group of 29 people aged between 19 and 53 on the National Three Peaks Challenge, aiming to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales within 24 hours.
The couple set up the group Imagine It after Victoria’s diagnosis to raise awareness of ACC and she also documented her experience of cancer through a blog, determined to live for the moment and encourage others to do the same.
And it was this unstinting love of life that has led her husband, family and friends to carry on with daring and physical challenges in her memory.
As some of the team prepared for the Three Peaks, which they start on Saturday, Mr Cornish, 29, said his wife would be spurring him on.
“If she was still with us she would be doing it too,” he said. “She knew we were going to do this challenge and she would be proud as punch to know so many people are taking part.”
Mr Cornish’s cousin Kaori King, 32, who is one of the organisers of the event, said people had contacted them from far and wide to take part.
She said: “The group has grown and grown from friends and family to people who have read about Imagine It on Facebook or Twitter. We have people coming from Durham and London to do it with us and it is great that so many wanted to stump up the funds to take part as well as buy all the gear.
“We have done some training walks together and we are getting to know each other really well. There is a massive difference in fitness levels but we are all planning to finish.
“It will be tough. By the time we get to Scafell Pike it will be the middle of the night and getting very cold. The guys who are leading us said a group who did it last week were surprised by how cold it got - down to -2 degrees - and they couldn’t feel their hands.”
Other trekkers include Mr Cornish’s brother-in-law Andrew Nicholson as well as friend James Muir who has been in charge of the logistics.
Mr Nicholson, 26, said his dad was also taking part even though he has pins in his knees. “I think he might be one of the last to finish but he is going to do it,” he said.
From Victoria’s side of the family her brother Ben Johnston and sister Kate Johnston are also taking part.
All the money raised, currently standing at just over £2000, will go to a research project at the University of Michigan into ACC.
They have set up a Just Giving webpage which will be for donations to the Wymondham-based cancer support charity Star Throwers as currently Just Giving does not support US charities. Star Throwers will then pass all the donations on to the university and as a thank you the team have promised to give Star Throwers all the gift-aid contributions.
* To donate or for more information visit www.justgiving.com/ImagineIt-ThreePeaksChallenge.