Twins’ marathon effort for Uncle Alan

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:30 26 June 2013

Gavin Caney and his twin sister Kelly King are taking part in a triathlon to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Picture: Ian Burt

Gavin Caney and his twin sister Kelly King are taking part in a triathlon to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Picture: Ian Burt

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An EDP journalist will bike, swim and run his way across 52 miles as part of a triathlon in memory of his uncle.

Gavin Caney, 25, is taking on the challenge in aid of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund after his uncle, Alan Rasberry, died aged 52 last week.

Mr Caney decided to take on the challenge after missing a fundraising event organised by Mr Rasberry’s family and friends at which more than £6,000 was raised.. He will be joined for the 14.7-mile run by his twin sister, Kelly King.

Sports reporter Mr Caney said: “From the horrible moment that Alan was diagnosed, up until the moment he died, he was a true inspiration. I’ve written a lot about bravery and courage in my role as a sports journalist but now I know what those words truly mean.

“Alan was a beacon of strength and expressed a clear desire to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and create a legacy in his name.”

Mr Rasberry designed the route for the run which will go by family houses, past and present, as well as schools he attended before ending at the home he shared with his wife, Lindsey, in King’s Lynn.

Mr Caney said: “He thought the triathlon was a great idea, especially the personalised run route, and while it’s terribly sad that he won’t be able to greet us when we finish we know he’s looking down on us with a smile. After he died, I thought I’d find it harder to motivate myself to continue with my training. But if anything it’s made me doubly determined to raise more money.”

Mr Rasberry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 13 and just four days later was told there was nothing that could be done.

Mrs King, a nurse at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has extra motivation for the run as her husband Jake’s grandfather was also recently diagnosed.

She said: “We only decided to do it at the end of last month. Some people have said that hasn’t given us enough time to train for it, but it’s not about the time we do it in, it’s just about completing it.

“It’s a cause close to my heart, my family’s heart, my husband’s family’s heart and to all those many families that have been affected by cancer.

“Alan was really brave and I’ll always be really proud of him, Lindsey, and how his and their family come together to care for him.

“I’m really proud of my brother. He is the amazing one for doing the complete course.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all UK cancers – only 3% of those diagnosed survive 5 years or more. This rate has not changed in 40 years.

Over 8,000 people each year are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK and it affects men and women in roughly equal proportions.

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