We are delighted that the family of friends of the late Maurice McAnulty have been raising funds for NIPANC in his memory.
Maurice’s daughter Lorraine contacted us a few weeks ago to share her story with us:
“My name is Lorraine Coulter last year my wonderful father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 70 following attendance at A&E for abdominal pain. Tragically daddy passed away on 29th May 2020 leaving us devastated as a family.
As we are approaching the anniversary of his death, we would like to do something in his memory and at the same time raise funds and awareness of Pancreatic Cancer. Daddy loved outdoors and would have walked the countryside and mountains of South Armagh. So, we are thinking of organising a walk on Camlough Mountain on 5th June which will be supported by our family and close friends.
Daddy’s name is Maurice McAnulty. He is survived by my mummy and myself and my 3 brothers. He was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather who was an inspiration to us all. This cruel illness took us all by surprise as daddy would have been very vigilant about his health and would have sought medical advice quickly for any minor illness. He never missed routine blood tests or investigations for other health issues and indeed in the year before his death had had a colonoscopy and MRI scan as well as regular GP health checks for type 2 diabetes which was well controlled.
I do feel there is work to be done on raising awareness of the illness not just with the wider population but with GPs so that it is not missed or masked by other illness.”
NIPANC supplied Lorraine with fundraising packs and on Saturday 5th June over 50 people scaled Camlough Mountain, County Down to raise over £3,000 for NIPANC. Donations are still pouring in.
We at NIPANC are so grateful for this generous donation and are full of admiration for all those who participated.