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Chilterns charity walk in memory of those affected by gynaecological cancer

PUBLISHED: 10:56 21 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:51 21 July 2016

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Laurie Meister from Enfield is taking inspiration from a personal experience of gynaecological cancer, and imploring women (and men too!) to make every mile count by completing A Walk to Remember across the Chilterns this September.

The event, taking place in the Chilterns on Saturday 24 September allows participants to walk either a dedicated 26-mile or 13-mile route, celebrating and reflecting on the lives of women and their families across the UK who have sadly been affected by a gynaecological cancer – whether it is a personal experience or one which has impacted on close family members or friends.

There are five types of gynaecological cancer: womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancer and every day in the UK, 55 women are diagnosed with one of these cancers and 21 will die. That’s 21 mothers, daughters, sisters, and partners too many. Whilst advances have been made in other areas of medical research such as heart disease, sadly the same cannot be said for gynaecological cancers such as ovarian cancer, which is as deadly now as it was over 30 years ago.

As the only UK gynaecological cancer research charity, The Eve Appeal is determined to change these grim statistics through our continued research into early detection and prevention and awareness campaigns such as A Walk to Remember.

The 26-mile route participants start in Little Missenden, before heading towards the Preston Nature Reserve, which is abundant with wildlife including an incredible diversity of vegetation. After this, participants will head up to Princes Risborough - passing Lacey Green windmill on the way, which stands on the escarpment of the Chiltern Hills. Those walking the 13-mile route will join just after this at Lacey Green where the circular route navigates round the outskirts of High Wycombe, passing Hughenden Manor and back into Little Missenden for a triumphant finish.

Laurie Meister took part in a previous A Walk to Remember to pay homage to her close friend Lorraine Lodge, who sadly died of ovarian cancer in 2013. For Laurie this really was a walk to remember: “Last year, alongside members of my North American Ladies Book Club, we took part in A Walk to Remember in memory our of our dear friend Lorraine (a long-standing, much beloved, member of our book club family), who sadly died from ovarian cancer in 2013 at just the age of 52 despite a very brave battle against the disease for 3 years.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for family and friends to get together for a very powerful and moving experience. It was a personal challenge walking a marathon in a day, but for someone who was so near and dear to us, there was a sense of community within our group and fellow walkers as we were all walking for women affected by gynaecological cancers.

“The Eve Appeal’s work gives hope and help to women across the UK who may be either directly or indirectly affected by this truly awful disease. We are taking part in the challenge again this year in Lorraine’s memory – but to also meet others who have been impacted by a diagnosis of a gynaecological cancer. I’d implore those who want to get involved that even if you’re a lone walker, don’t be afraid of the challenge, as you will certainly NOT be alone.”

If you yourself would like to make every mile count, why not sign up to A Walk to Remember today and help us to protect women from gynaecological cancers by visiting www.eveappeal.org.uk/chiltern or calling Rosa Frisso on 020 7605 0103 or via email rosa.frisso@eveappeal.org.uk

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