Put your foot down

8 March 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Put your foot down|

GLENORCHY resident Angela Pasanen will be walking in honour of her husband Jukka at the tenth annual “Put Your Foot Down” walk for pancreatic cancer this month.

Established in Tasmania in 2012 and now held in seven cities across the country, the Put Your Foot Down walk raises much-needed money and awareness for PanKind, the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, which funds life-saving pancreatic cancer research.

This year’s Hobart walk will be held at Long Beach in Sandy Bay on Sunday 26 March. The 4km walk is family- friendly and dogs are welcome.

“When Jukka was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer we had little knowledge about the disease despite there only being a five per cent survival rate,” Angela said.

“The walk is important day to honour Jukka with friends and family and create awareness about this deadly cancer.

“Everybody is aware of breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer but there is limited knowledge in the wider community about the impacts of pancreatic cancer.

“The walking event is a safe space where you do not have to feel alone during what can be a very isolating and silencing battle.”

Hobart resident Judi Adams encouraged all Tasmanians feeling the impacts of pancreatic cancer to come along on the day.

“I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 18 months ago, so I understand how isolating a diagnose can be,” she said.

“People often find out about a diagnosis when it is too late due to lack of testing and knowledge around symptoms.”

Judi said the walk was a great opportunity to create further awareness while raising crucial funds.

“Even if one person hears about the event and is prompted to ask questions or seek support, this fundraiser is worthwhile,” she said.

To register for the 2023 Put Your Foot Down walk or to make a donation, visit putyourfootdown.org.au

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