Maison Bleue chef-patron to take on London Marathon for Sarcoma UK
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A top chef from an award-winning Bury St Edmunds restaurant will run the London Marathon this year for the first time, raising money for a cancer charity close to his heart.
Pascal Canevet, chef-patron at Maison Bleue in Churchgate Street, will join around 40,000 runners in the prestigious event on Sunday, April 22, and is fundraising for Sarcoma UK.
Mr Canevet is supporting the charity after a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer aged 23-years-old.
He said: “This is a first for me and means so much.
“Having seen the support Sarcoma UK gave my friend and her young daughter, I wanted to do all I could to offer support – and this seemed like the perfect challenge.
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“I witnessed my dear friend’s daughter’s journey from diagnosis to cure.
“Happily she is four years clear and that’s worth running for.
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“Ali was just 23 when she was diagnosed, with a soft tissue cancer, Myxoid Liposarcom, which was a devastating day.
“Her determination, positivity and lovely spirit has inspired me to take on a challenge I never thought I’d undertake.”
The novice jogger has amazed the team at Maison Bleue by running before service everyday, having first started training in the autumn.
His wife, restaurant patron Karine Canevet, said: “He’s never entered a running event and we’re amazed at his perseverance and dedication.
“We wish him the very best of luck and will be cheering him on.”
Mr Canevet says he is keen to help raise awareness of the symptoms of Sarcoma as well as helping to fund research projects.
He added: “Sarcoma UK is the only cancer charity in the UK focused on all types of sarcoma.
“It is one of the hardest to diagnose, and difficult to treat. We can help change this.
“By donating, you will fund vital research projects looking for better treatments.
“Your donation will also raise awareness of the symptoms of sarcoma to help patients get an early diagnosis, and ensure everyone has access to specialist advice.
“Thank you all so much for the support, and if you see me out training please encourage me to keep going.”
To donate, people can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/maison-bleue