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Touching tributes have been paid this week to Adrian Beard from Connel whose life was cut short by devastating pancreatic cancer.
Although the family man, dad-of-four, friend to many, former solider and past cub and group scout leader was just 50 when he died this month, he had achieved much and through his legacy raising funds and awareness for charity Pancreatic Cancer UK (PCUK) those achievements will carry on.
In November, Oban’s McCaig’s Tower will light up purple, the colour of PCUK’s ribbon. This year World Pancreatic Cancer Day will be on November 18. It will be a fitting tribute to Adrian who despite his own cancer fight was described as an incredible ambassador for the PCUK charity, tirelessly encouraging people to support its work raising awareness about the symptoms and risks of the disease and the urgent need for earlier detection.
He helped raise thousands of pounds to keep up its work funding research too. He was there with a big grin and his beard dyed PCUK’s purple this summer to cheer on the wonderful walkers of Team Oban who took part in the charity’s Big Step Forward 24-hour walkathon.
Despite pancreatic cancer’s low survival statistics, which have not changed for half a century, it only gets three per cent of the annual UK cancer research budget. Adrian also supported a campaign for that to change.