Story

We’re a team of six medics – Tim, Drew, Donna, Jamie, Mike and Jim – who are training for the New York Marathon to raise £100,000 towards Cancer Research UK’s Catalyst Club, to make make personalised medicine a reality.

You can follow our progress, watch videos, and learn about oesophageal cancer at http://thecancermarathon.org/

The idea came about when Tim, an oesophageal surgeon from Southampton, told one of his patients that “having surgery to remove oesophageal cancer is like running a marathon without any training”.

The grueling surgery these patients face – known as an oesphagectomy – takes its toll on even the fittest of people. This conversation triggered an idea: could Tim enlist a team to run a marathon to raise crucial funds for cutting-edge cancer research and to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer?

Somehow he managed to round up a few willing (but unprepared) volunteers to dust off our trainers and take on the challenge. Now the six of us will spend the next 6-9 months training to line up on race day at Staten Island and run 26.2 miles.

We hope that you enjoy reading about our journey. But more importantly, we hope that we inspire you to donate to our cause. Your help will:

- Support an ambitious project to unravel the genetic code of one of the most deadly of all cancers, oesophageal cancer

- Lay the foundations for personalised cancer medicine in the NHS by funding CRUK's Stratified Medicine Programme

- Enable scientists to uncover cancer’s genetic secrets, which will lead to the development of new drugs and tests.

We know that, however hard running the streets of New York will be, we will recover.

The future is far less certain for people with oesophageal cancer.

Please donate whatever you can to help us bring forward the day that all cancers are cured.

Updates 1

The Cancer Marathon update: after all his training, Jamie, is unfortunately injured and will not be able to run, however he continues to support the team and is very much a key part of the team beating cancer in Southampton!

25/10/13 16:18

Raising money for

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

Donations 385

In memory of Richard Mursell for his 62nd birthday.

Donation by Ruth Mursell on 13/04/14

£62.00

+ £15.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with the London Marathon Mr Kelly. Thanks for all you did for me.

Donation by Mr & Mrs Eales on 10/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In memory of my brother Robert Edmonds.

Donation by Wendie and Mark Holloway on 03/04/14

£100.00

Donations made at the funeral and wake of Robert Edmonds. A big thank you to all family and friends who donated.

Donation by Susan, Darren, Samantha and Julie on 03/04/14

£380.00

Given in memory of Bob Edmonds. He was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed. Love from everyone at UPS Eastleigh.

Donation by UPS work colleagues on 03/04/14

£130.00

In memory of my mum, who fought this horrific disease with incredible courage and spirit until she left us too soon last year.

Donation by Rebecca Langridge on 23/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

My no make up selfie donation

Donation by Donna Sharland on 22/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In memory of my wonderful Mum who died from Oesophageal cancer last year and for the hope & futures of many others.

Donation by Emma Adams on 20/03/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

With grateful thanks

Donation by Sandra smith on 11/03/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

For my husband who lost his fight with this cancer 5 years ago

Donation by Sue Chrich on 06/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

With grateful thanks to mr Kelly and Donna

Donation by Rosemary Cooke on 25/02/14

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

In memory of Bob Edmonds, a lovely man.

Donation by John Boodle on 15/02/14

£20.00

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In memory of our colleague Bob Edmonds, a greatly respected union stalwart.

Donation by Unite WM 7113 UPS Branch on 15/02/14

£100.00

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I am entirely in awe of what you've achieved and can only hope the money raised changes the future of this disease. Keep up the phenomenal work!

Donation by Rebecca Baguley on 10/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I have just been reading the Cancer blog on line and was interested in the Oesophageol article as my Husband died of this 4 years ago he had chemo first and then the major operation he was only 67 yrs

Donation by Mrs Geraldine Stafford on 04/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 26/12/13

In loving memory of Richard Mursell. Merry Christmas X

Donation by Charleene, Ruth and Rachel Mursell on 25/12/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Best wishes from Dot and John Hueze

Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Wendy we are thinking of you, all our love from across the sea.

Donation by Laurie & Sue on 22/12/13

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

For Wendy xxx

Donation by Sims Financial Planning on 12/12/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

With heartfelt thanks to the inspirational team at Southampton.

Donation by From the Hart family on 12/12/13

£1,000.00

With gratitude to Jamie and his team. Amazing work and for that we are deeply grateful.

Donation by Peter and Carolyn Hart (Jersey) on 12/12/13

£1,000.00

Many Congrats. Fabulous achievement

Donation by Will Maclean on 07/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

My brother had the Ivor Lewis op 4 weeks ago. At 41 years old he was very lucky to have an early diagnosis and is doing well. Supporting this charity to raise awareness and fund research. well done

Donation by Debbie Jobson on 04/12/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Keep up the good work - well done

Donation by Sue and Jane (nee Hurrell) on 01/12/13

£30.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£18,921.21
  • Offline donations£8,252.40
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£27,173.61
  • Gift Aid£3,380.75

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