We are incredibly sad to hear that Dr Trace Allen has passed away following a battle with cancer.
Trace had a huge impact at Pancreatic Cancer UK. As well as serving as our Chair of Trustees for a number of years, Trace was an active fundraiser and a true inspiration for many people with the disease.
Following his initial diagnosis in 2004, aged 60, Trace was determined to remain positive and set himself a number of sporting challenges to raise funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer. In the years following he qualified for Team GB’s age-group triathlon team and competed in multiple European Championships and at the World Championships in Hamburg.
Alex Ford, CEO at Pancreatic Cancer UK said: “Trace was a trustee when I joined Pancreatic Cancer UK as CEO eight years ago, and became chair for many of the charity's formative years.
He was a singular man: fiercely intelligent, whimsical, kind, passionate, and hugely committed to making a difference for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer. He inspired hundreds of people to take this tough disease head-on like he did. The world is a lesser place without him.”
Our thoughts are with Trace’s friends and family at this time. We believe that Trace’s legacy, through his openness about his diagnosis, will be to encourage people to talk about the disease and find out more about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
If anyone has been affected by Trace’s passing, or has questions about the signs and symptoms of the disease, our specialist nurses are here to talk to on our dedicated Support Line on 0808 801 0707.