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 04:18

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 407

For my dad who is currently fighting this disease. He went to his GP for six months complaining of problems before they sent him for an endeoscopy. He is running it with you albeit in hospital!!

Donation by Anonymous on 19/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

With grateful thanks

Donation by David & Heather Chapman on 28/01/15

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Margaret Mahon, Quilting Group on 17/01/15

£45.00

+ £11.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Ray Woodhason Band, Ashlett Sailing Club on 17/01/15

£75.00

+ £18.75 Gift Aid

Donated by Pete Brooks

Donation by Anonymous on 29/12/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Per Ardua

Donation by John Lowes on 28/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donated by Dot and John Hueze

Donation by Graham Srephens on 21/12/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

From Wendy

Donation by Anonymous on 21/12/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Rather than send xmas cards to family and friends we are donating to Tims charity

Donation by Pam Graham Lyn and Jan , Pam and Colin on 05/12/14

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Donation by PS on 08/11/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

James did his ice bucket challenge

Donation by Donna Sharland on 07/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck!

Donation by Alexandra Jones on 05/09/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

This is my ice bucket donation. I wanted to support Cancer Research & as I ran my 1st marathon earlier this year I would rather my donation support a team effort like this. Good luck guys, great work!

Donation by Olivia on 03/09/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Ice bucket challenge done x Wendy Mould and Becky Mould x

Donation by Anonymous on 30/08/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Completed the ice bucket challenge!

Donation by Ruth Mursell on 28/08/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Our journey is just beginning but our thanks to everyone for their help so far.

Donation by Roger and Linda Jeans on 18/08/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

With grateful thanks for everything

Donation by David and Heather Chapman on 29/07/14

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations. Your videos echo the cancer marathon my husband started around the same time. He is 5 months post-op and doing well thanks to a brilliant team in Northampton/Leicester. Thank you.

Donation by Sue on 15/07/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Another £30 to add to my donation underneath xx

Donation by Angela Peckham on 27/05/14

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Thank you to all the team for their amazing help with my Aunty, Wendy Mould. (She's the one in the video!) She's so inspirational and strong and we can't thank you enough :) xxxxxx

Donation by Mrs Angela Peckham (Wendy's neice) on 21/05/14

£660.00

+ £165.00 Gift Aid

In memory of William Hurrell. To support the work of Southampton General Hospital's team with Oesophageal cancer research

Donation by Anonymous on 02/05/14

£350.00

+ £87.50 Gift Aid

With thanks to Mr Kelly and Donna

Donation by Anonymous on 02/05/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£20,651.21
  • Offline donations£9,258.90
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£29,910.11
  • Gift Aid£3,813.25

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