Our Marathon Runners: David McGrath
Heroic brother runs the London Marathon for his sister with pancreatic cancer.
David McGrath, 34, from Wells, is taking on the London Marathon to raise vital funds and awareness for a national charity close to his heart – Pancreatic Cancer Action.
David has been motivated to run the marathon after his sister, Fiona, was diagnosed three years ago with an endocrine tumour in her pancreas. Fiona was pregnant at the time of diagnosis with her son Teddy who was born three months early as a result.
Fiona’s family found this time incredibly difficult at times with her undergoing many scans and having operations that were not successful.
David says, “there still remains a long and tough but hopefully optimistic road ahead and I know that raising money for a worthy cause like this will help others who have been in Fiona’s and our situation.
Neuro Endocrine and pancreatic cancer research receives such little funding, which If improved, will hopefully lead to a raised profile and more positive results in the future.”
Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer. The survival rate is just 5% which is the lowest of any cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer. The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.
Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are touched by David’s story and wish his sister Fiona all the best with her treatment.”
“We are so honoured to have David running for us to help raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action. We rely solely on donations from the public and it’s thanks to people like David that we can continue our vital work.”