Diane Ekland Cancer Research

Diane's Incredible Journey

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We were delighted to welcome Diane Ekland and her family to Home Park earlier this week.

Diane opted to undertake a 300,000-step challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Not only did she reach her step target – she smashed it! She had passed a staggering 493,000 steps when she arrived at Home Park on Monday to complete the final leg of her journey.

After several laps of the pitch, Diane and her family were greeted by Steven Schumacher and the Argyle team, who applauded her achievement, awarded her a signed shirt and invited Diane and guests to hospitality at our game with Shrewsbury Town.

The motivation to do the challenge stemmed from Diane’s own cancer battle, and how she can help others with the illness. Her inspirational quest has been supported by her husband Steve, and together they have totted up the miles – and what a beautiful area in which to do it.

“We’ve walked all over Plymouth,” said Diane. “We’ve walked into town, to the gym. We walk through the woods at Plymstock. We walk the coastal paths and see beautiful things every day.

“We just walk everywhere, and I count my steps wherever I go.

“I have ovarian cancer; it’s recurring. This was a challenge I could actually achieve. We love walking so what better way to do it?

“It’s really important for Cancer Research to have the backing. I don’t think I would here without it. My tumour went off to Cancer Research and I am hoping it will help other people.

“My husband Steve has supported me all the way. He has done all the time I’ve had my cancer. He’s been a real rock. He’s done more than me, probably!”

Diane has raised over £1,500 for Cancer Research so far. If you would like to donate, then you can do so at the following link: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/diane-is-walking-300000-steps-in-september-23.

Well done, Diane. Everyone at Argyle is full of admiration for what you have achieved. You are an inspiration.

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