Running the odd mile...to help beat cancer
Fundraiser: Mark Thornberry
Running total: £45,743.70
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:£53,534.63
UPDATE: 145 MILE GRAND UNION CANAL FIGHTING CANCER FUN RUN DONE!!
NOW OFF TO THE SONORAN DESERT IN ARIZONA…
At the end of June I was diagnosed with terminal primary liver cancer.
As I have told many friends and family, I refuse, absolutely refuse, to go quietly into the night.
Whilst I can I’m going to use my passion for ultrarunning as a means to raise funds for research into liver disease/cancer at Kings College Hospital in London - who have been caring for me as an outpatient for the past 12 years and who are providing support and treatment now.
By way of background...KCH is one of the great NHS teaching/research hospitals...and it is brilliant. Everyone I've met there, from porter to nursing support to Consultant have been off the chart with their dedication to patient care.
They all know that liver cancer patients have very poor prognosis.
Having spent some time as a patient on the wards there, you just sense how much more the team want to do to fix you completely or to get you more time.
But in the majority of cases they can't...the treatment options for liver cancer patients are very limited, the research £s aren't there (and I'm not going to get political here), I get the sense that NHS funding for critical illness is still massively triaged, let alone is it enough in relative terms. The big Pharma companies have their own agendas and preferred target markets.
So, I'm going to do my bit to help KCH (Charity Fund), and thus am asking for your support. If you could sponsor me for these running challenges/races, that would be brilliant.
For my first adventure, I ran the 145 miles down the Grand Union Canal (from Birmingham to London) over 2.5 days...with some fantastic, unexpected support from friends and the ultrarunning community alike.
As I write this (early October) I have a window of opportunity to take another challenge on. My physical condition is good (some treatment benefits) and I have a lull before my next intervention.
I’ve signed up to run the Javelina Jundred, a continuous 100 mile footrace on a looped course in the Sonoran desert in Arizona on 28/29 October. I am under no illusions that this will be anything other than a serious challenge - but I’m mentally in a good place and my aim is to just to get under the 30 hour finishing cut-off. Not bothered at all about the rattlesnakes and tarantulas...
Thank you for any and all support.
Please free to contact me at: email@example.com
PS - if eligible, please don't forget to check the Gift Aid box!
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King's College Hospital Charity - King’s College Hospital provides a full range of high quality services to the people of South London. We are also a specialist centre for heart and brain surgery, liver disease as well as foetal medicine. With your help we can invest in new ways of delivering services, improving the hospital environment and funding world-class research.
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28 October 2017
Ran the 145 mile Grand Union Canal...Birmingham to Paddington, 2nd-4th September. Other adventures being planned. Never Give Up.
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Ben and Fis £20.00
Keep cool in that desert!
kyp £15.00 (+ £3.75 giftaid)
Good Luck Mark.
Dani £15.00 (+ £3.75 giftaid)
Such an inspirational story.Best of luck Mark. xx
Matt Ryder Speshryder £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
We met on the Thames trott a couple of years ago with Rod Viggers. Sorry to hear your news ( I heard your interview on Surrey Radio). What you are doing is amazing. Hope the desert goes well! You wouldn’t catch me near any snakes.
Angela £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)
Fantasmagorical :) lots of love xx
Anouche £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)
Good luck in the Javelina Jundred Mark An amazing achievement
All the best at Javelina Jundred!
Sam £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
great job well done.
Tony Forrest £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
I am lost for words to express my admiration for you Mark, you are an incredible example of human spirit and endeavour, enjoy the run and well done indeed sir.
Anonymous £200.00 (+ £50.00 giftaid)
For 20 continuous days of strong running....but only 1 with me! x
David and Mary Murphy £20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)
Stu £30.00 (+ £7.50 giftaid)
Fabulous work to run the canal and get the medal my friend. Inspirational.
Stephen Bloch £200.00 (+ £50.00 giftaid)
Inspiring - carry on this great work Mark
Ivan Obarski £20.00
Mark helped me when I had just started at TIBCO and didn't know anything. Thank you Mark.
Buckland Family £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)
You're achieving things that very few people could even contemplate let alone succeed at! Inspirational effort Thorners!!
Jim D £10.00
Keep on going Mark! - Jimmy D
DebsS £15.00 (+ £3.75 giftaid)
Good luck with your future running plans, what a great guy!
Rodrigo Freeman £15.00 (+ £3.75 giftaid)
From Neil Warby - Leighton Buzzard Tri Club
Paul and Sandra £25.00
Well done Mark!
Claire £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)
Tea towels, milk, driving like a manic, Karen's wine, spooning and a LOT of laughs... That is my sound excuse for only getting to this now!
Nick L £25.00 (+ £6.25 giftaid)
We ran this years Eryri50 thinking of your inspiration and fortitude. Run well, Mark.
Georgina Keogh £30.00 (+ £7.50 giftaid)