No climb for Craig…he’s running up Mt Kilimanjaro

September 25, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Sydney’s Craig Pager will run to the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in November to raise funds for research into gastro-intestinal cancers. 

41-yr-old Craig Pager writes:

Craig Pager

Craig Pager

My father managed to fight successfully Myelodysplasia which was leading to Leukaemia and prostate cancer for ten years but finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer within a 6 month period.  In addition, both a work colleague and my first cousin’s mother-in-law passed away from pancreatic cancer within the same year as my dad.  Both of their fights were shorter than 6 months.  Pancreatic cancer has no mercy.

Before I get to Kili, I have set out a few more Gutsy challenges leading up to Mt Kilimanjaro:

1. Sydney Half Marathon – targeting sub 80:00 (PB 80:56).

I ran a 2:23 pb on the half marathon with 78:33 net time and I came 4th in my age group. So phase one of this challenge is achieved.

Still to come:
2. Melbourne Marathon – targeting sub 2:48 (PB 2:49)

My gutsy effort will start this weekend with running the Sydney half marathon.   I am hoping that my training will pay-off.

I will also be raising  awareness of Pancreatic and GI cancers on  Channel 7, 6pm news on Sunday (Melbourne, possibly Sydney).

If all the stars align on the climb up Kili, I may look at the opportunity to then run up to the top.  This will involve up to a 10 hour effort to get to the top and back down.

My intention is that all these gutsy efforts lead to raising awareness and important funds to assist in finding a path to increase the 6% five year survival rate of pancreatic cancer.

All donations are tax-deductible will be greatly appreciated!  Please go to:

https://gckilimanjaro.everydayhero.com/au/craig.  (note: even a $2 donation makes a difference)

Please be aware of Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms:
Symptoms vary depending on where the cancer is in your pancreas. Signs and symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, jaundice, loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, or blood clots may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and complete surgical removal isn’t possible.

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