Business development director at 4eco, Jodi Huggett, is planning a 15,000ft tandem skydive in September to raise awareness of neuroendocrine tumours (NETs), a rare form of cancer, after being treated for the illness last year.
Jodi, who has since made a full recovery, is a fitness fanatic and was surprised to be taken ill. She is now planning a skydive in Devon on 06 September with her husband Ian and 4eco’s other directors – Robin Barrett and Lee Sutton.
The jump is part of Jodi’s ongoing mission to raise awareness of the illness, so that it can be diagnosed early and to encourage further research into this complex form of cancer.
NETs are tumours of the neuroendocrine system; a collection of cells spread throughout the body which make hormones to regulate the workings of different organs. Awareness networks around the world have adopted the zebra and zebra stripes as their emblem and Jodi and the team will be wearing zebra stripe tee shirts donated by the NET Patient Foundation, for their jump at Dunkeswell Airfield in Honiton.
“Before being diagnosed with the illness, I hadn’t heard of neuroendocrine tumours,” said Jodi.
“I relied heavily on support of organisations like the NET Patient Foundation throughout to help me to understand the treatments and outcomes. After receiving the all clear, I wanted to give something back – not only to raise awareness of the rare cancer, but also to highlight the importance of early diagnosis.”
Catherine Bouvier, CEO at the NET Patient Foundation, added: “We are delighted that Jodi and her team have decided to embark on this challenge. As a charity, we are working very hard to put NETs higher on the cancer agenda, both in terms of research into treatments and also to achieve earlier diagnosis for patients.”