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Pina Giannotto

Doing it for Matt

Total raised


+ £259.50 Gift Aid

135%% Complete
135% of the £1,000.00 target

2018 London Triathlon

In memory of

Matt Simpson

My Story

My husband Craig always referred to his friend Matt as his 'brother from another mother' so when it came to choosing his best man for our wedding, Matt was the natural choice. He was funny, witty, loyal, dependable and could be relied upon to not make a total hash of the stag do or the best man's speech. In October 2012, just over a year after our wedding, Matt was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer called linitis plastica. He unfortunately lost his battle with cancer 13 months later. He was only 40 years old. He was young, healthy, and there was no history of it running in the family - Matt did not tick any of the ‘boxes’. The thing is, if it could happen to Matt, it could happen to anyone….He left behind his beautiful wife Trine and their two gorgeous boys who were only 4 and 2 years old at the time. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Trine to tell her boys that daddy was never coming home and how hard it has been for her everyday ever since. Her bravery and her desire to bring the spotlight on this rare form of cancer and on stomach cancer in general is what has motivated me to take on the London Triathlon and to join the challenge she has started.I know none of us can bring Matt back, but by raising awareness and money to fund research into this rare form of cancer, I'm hoping one day it will no longer be a death sentence. I'm hoping that I never have to have that conversation with my boys. I'm hoping that Matt can see that he will never be forgotten. Creating Change We hope to help prevent this happening to others in the future and to use Matt's fun-loving legacy, his ability to bring people together (and his penchant for silly hats) to create change. What you can do Donate - sponsor one of our challengers today. All funds raised via these pages are restricted and will be allocated to stomach cancer research.Or join our team here and take part in your own challenge before 18th November 2018. Help spread the #sillyhatformatt challenge amongst your friends -The more the merrier!! More information: Find out more about the #sillyhatformatt challenge globally at: Find out more about linitis plastica here:


Stomach cancer

Around 6,700 people are diagnosed with stomach cancer in the UK each year. That’s 18 cases diagnosed every day. Help fund Cancer Research UK to look for ways to improve our understanding of this disease to save more lives.

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