Alastair Machell

Al's Marathon in Ski Boots

Fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity
raised of £1,250 target
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Event: Virgin London Marathon 2016, on 24 April 2016
We are moving further, faster to help everyone affected by a brain tumour


Hi All

I have decided to run the London Marathon this year, not in the normal way but to make it a bit harder, I'm going to run/walk/crawl the 26 miles in Ski Boots!!

I'll be doing this to raise funds for two great charities which are doing great work in the fight against illnesses that have affected me in the past. The first is The Brain Tumour Charity and the second is The Kidney Patient Association.

As many of you know, I had a brain tumour removed in 2001 and, without the research of charities like the Brain Tumour Charity, my prognosis would have certainly not been as good.

A month after having the tumour removed , I received a call from my consultant to give me the bad news that the tumour was a particularly aggressive cancer which required further treatment. 3 years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy later and my cancer was in remission.

However, 2 years later, I had routine blood test which showed a high level of creatinine (a muscle mass by-product that is metabolised by the Kidney). This was the first indication that both my kidneys were failing and it was due to an unusual adverse toxic reaction to one of my chemo drugs. Over the course of the next 6 years, my kidneys became weaker and weaker. Eventually I was told I required a transplant within 6 months or I would need to go on dialysis.

Fortunately, my sister Helen was a perfect match and she bravely volunteered to donate! The operation went ahead on April 15th 2012 and was a massive success!

Charities like the Brain Tumour Charity are at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.

I'm proud to be representing these charities and hope you can dig deep to help support them!



About the charity

The Brain Tumour Charity is the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally. Committed to saving and improving lives, we’re moving further and faster to help every single person affected by a brain tumour. A cure really can’t wait

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