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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ian takes steps - 281,327 - to beat prostate cancer

* Ian Parry steps out along the canal to help beat prostate cancer.
A Llangollen man has gone out of his way to help beat prostate cancer ... by over 120 miles.

Ian Parry, who is secretary of Llangollen Prostate Cancer Support Group, decided to take up his personal walking marathon to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Each year, 11,000 men die from this form of cancer and therefore the charity felt that taking 11,000 steps - by walking, running, jogging or even dancing - every day during the month of September would be an appropriate fundraising challenge, with each step being in memory of a life lost this year. 

The money raised across the country will go towards research that will help spot prostate cancer sooner with more accurate tests, faster treatments with fewer side effects and emotional and practical support for everyone affected.

Ian began the challenge on the first of September by walking from his home in Llan to Trevor Basin along the canal and registering his 11,000 steps. 

His steps are recorded from an app on his phone. On average 11,000 steps are equivalent to approximately five miles and Ian says he is aware that this sort of distance is not really significant and can easily be achieved by younger and even fit older men. 

He has been recording his daily steps mainly along the canal from the Horseshoe Falls to Trevor Basin, from there towards Chirk and from Chirk to Lion Quays. A couple of days were spent in Chester walking around the city walls and riverside.

After completing three weeks of the challenge Ian has accumulated 281,327 steps against the target of 231,000 and approximately 121 miles and so is well on his way to achieve his total of 330,000 steps.

His fundraising through Just Giving and donations made direct to Prostate Cancer UK has reached £500 but he is hoping to get considerably more. 

* If you would like to support Ian in this challenge by making a donation and helping Prostate Cancer in its research you can do so by visiting the Just Giving website at:

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