Stuart McDonald was diagnosed with Colon Cancer back in January 2008 when he was just 29 years old. He underwent surgery and recovered well but just as he was on the road to recovery his mother was also diagnosed with the same form of cancer in June of that year. Thankfully, she too has made a good recovery. At that point Stuart decided that he wanted to raise money for cancer research to help people in the same situation. This is what he had to say when he contacted us here at AICR.
"I had completed the Edinburgh marthon some four or five years ago, and I suppose I saw it as a personal challenge to prove to myself that I really was back to full health. During 2008 I had been approached to sign up for a direct debit for AICR by one of the street marketers - they were pushing at an open door! I've been very impressed with everything I've found out about the charity since then. It seemed an obvious choice of charity to raise funds for while doing the running, and I am really pleased to have been able to contribute.
On a very hot sunny day in June I staggered over the finishing line in 3hours 44 minutes. It was a great feeling just taking part in such an event again. And I definitely intend to take part in some more - not least because I need to take 15 minutes off that time to achieve a new personal best!"
Stuart's determination has been an inspiration to us here at Madras House. His story acknowledges that without research, the familial defect of the PMS2 gene may not have been discovered. Having identified this problem, other members of his family will now receive screening and regular check ups.
If Stuart's story has inspired you to look out your running shoes, (or any other athletic wear), and take part in a fundraising challenge for AICR, please give our events team a call on 01334 477910 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to help, support and guide you.