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John, Cormac and Dan are fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support - read their stories below and help them reach their target!
John's Fundraising Story
In July this year, I will be cycling with a group of friends from Marble Arch in London to The Arc d'Triomphe in Paris. Most fundraisers do this ride in 3 DAYS. We've decided that we need more of a challenge! We are going to attempt to do the 260 (ish) miles in 24 HOURS.
I'm not just doing this for fun, though I'm sure we will gain a lot of satisfaction from our achievement. I am raising money to help those suffering with Cancer. Over the past few months one of my daughter's school friends, only 10, lost her mum, Jayne, and my wife lost one of her old school friends, Melanie, at the age of 39.
We all know people who have suffered or are still suffering from cancer. It is indiscriminate. MacMillan Cancer Support (http://www.macmillan.org.uk) provide much needed assistance not just to those suffering but to the friends and families of those affected.
Cormac's Fundraising Story
Cormac’s Mum fought a long-term battle with breast, then spinal cancer which she finally lost in July 2002 – 4 months before the birth of her first grandchild. A professional nurse herself, she recognised the incredible difference Macmillan nurses made to making her final months as comfortable as possible.
She also recognised the benefit to her surviving family in having the support of Macmillan Nurses to help them through a very difficult time.
To this day, thededication, sensitivity, and professionalism of the Macmillan nurses who cared for my Mum is still spoken about with deep respect and appreciation in the family.
Dan's Fundraising Story
Dan's Mum was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2010 and sadly passed away in March this year.
Macmillian nurses were invaluable assisting his father and brother in the final months, giving important guidance and support in caring for her.
Even now 3 months on, they are still in contact with Dan's father and brother, helping them come to terms with events.
Two of Dan's close friends have also lost their parents though cancer in recent years, so this is a cause Dan is very passionate about.