A campaign in memory of a Harris woman urgently needs more support before its Tuesday deadline.
Fiona Brown is helping a campaign to help initiate much needed change in the prognosis for pancreatic cancer patients.
Fiona’s mother Chrissie, who was originally from Harris, sadly passed away in 2003 at the age of 56 after being diagnosed with this type of cancer.
Shocked to discover that the survival rate for this type of cancer has not improved in over a decade, Fiona is keen to push for more awareness.
Despite being the 5th deadliest cancer in the UK it receives only 1% of research funding.
Now an e-petition is calling for more funding and awareness to increase every patient’s chance of survival.
100,000 signatures are needed by the morning of Tuesday 8th April to start discussions in Parliament and request more funding and awareness for pancreatic cancer to aid long overdue progress in earlier detection and ultimately, improved survival rates.
The signature count is currently in the region of 78,000 signatures but if we don’t reach the 100,000 signatures by Tuesday morning, all the hard work by a number of campaigners throughout the UK will be lost.
To sign the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48389
Explaining more about her campaign, Fiona said: “This painting is of Luskentyre, Isle of Harris and the little black dots on the left hill before the beach are actually grave stones. This is where my wonderful mum was buried nearly 11 years ago. A beautiful resting place for a beautiful lady and I wish I could visit more often. I also wish for the day when a cure for ALL cancers has been found.”
She added: “Cancer survival rates are improving with fantastic research and funding and long may this continue! However, I am sad when I read that Pancreatic Cancer, which I was told many years ago was a rare cancer, is actually now the 5th leading cause of UK cancer death, with the worst survival rates of all cancers, yet it receives only around 1% of research spend. Raising public awareness, progressing in earlier detection & research is vital to change these statistics! We need 100,000 signatures on an e-petition by 8th April for these issues to be discussed in Parliament.
“I see so many photos being shared across Facebook with thousands of likes – can the power of Facebook please support this one? Please share & ask everyone you know to spare a couple of minutes to sign this petition. It means so much to so many people: research = results - lets get the 100,000 signatures to get the discussions happening & be part of this change. Thank you for taking the time to read & share this “