Welcome to China

10 Oct

Beijing AirportSo 25 hours after closing my front door I finally arrived in Beijing this evening. Hurrah!

After a severe attack of ‘butterflies’, I met the group of 27 people (including 2 trek leaders and trek doctor) at Heathrow and felt instantly better. A few people are travelling together but there are quite a few of us travelling on our own which is somehow nice. I’m grateful that everyone is friendly and there’s plenty of laughter already.

The majority of the group are doing the trek for charity and of course there are some moving backstories for why people are here. Already by chance, I’ve met someone whose mother died of advanced bowel cancer just six weeks ago and another person whose Grandmother died from bowel disease. It’s a timely reminder of how common bowel cancer and bowel disease is – there are few situations when I meet a new group of people, when I don’t hear such stories.

I was desperately saddened to learn of the passing of Sian Briggs yesterday. My thoughts are very much with her husband and daughters. A member of our bowel cancer Twitter community whom I’ve enjoyed meeting several times, Sian was a passionate advocate of our Never Too Young campaign having been diagnosed with bowel cancer in her forties. I can’t help but think that Sian could and should have been saved.

So tomorrow, after a two hour drive from Beijing we will take our first steps on that famous wall. I so hope that by taking action I can raise funds and awareness for Bowel Cancer UK’s Time for Guts campaign. People like Sian are dying needlessly and it is time it stopped. Bowel cancer is, after all, preventable, treatable and curable.

Please sponsor me and help me raise awareness.

www.justgiving.com/deborahalsina1

2 Responses to “Welcome to China”

  1. Lesley Shannon October 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Glad you arrived safely and its a good group of people. We will be with you every step of the way. Rest up while you can tonight and Happy Birthday for tomorrow special friend.
    Enjoy every single moment of your amazing adventure Deborah x Take care Love always x Lesley x

  2. reflectionsonawastedlife October 11, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Saddened to hear the news of Sian here, anothe
    r bitter blow. Honoured to have people like De orah fighting on our behalf . Wishing you a fantastic journey Deborah x

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