Gary Morton is running his 30th marathon in 30 days on Saturday, finishing at the DW Stadium as he raises money for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.
Ever ran a marathon? Ever thought about running one? Ever felt that running 26 miles in a few hours is incredible?
Well how about doing it every day consecutively for 31 days?
That’s what DW Sports’ Gary Morton has been doing over the past month, and he will run his 30th marathon in 30 days on Saturday – finishing at the DW Stadium and, all being well, arriving 15 minutes before kick-off to take in the game.
With quite a few marathons under his belt, as well as triathlons, an ironman, an Arch to Arc relay world record and his solo English Channel Swim, you'd think Gary already had his fair share of gruelling events but Gary wanted to go even further!
Why you may ask?
Because he wants to help raise vital funds to help beat cancer.
Gary’s mother-in-law, Gillian Walker,was diagnosed with Melanoma that sadly had been misdiagnosed for 18 months. Due to this misdiagnosis, the cancer spread to the lymph nodes and Gillian had to go through multiple operations before worse news came that the cancer had spread to her throat, liver and lungs. Understandably devastating news for Gary, his wife Lindsay and the family.
Gillian has been treated at Whiston and St. Helens hospitals for her operations and follow up appointments but more recently has had to travel to the amazing place that is Clatterbridge Hospital.
After being told her cancer had spread, her amazing consultant offered her a lifeline and told her about Immunotherapy.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Gillian got told that her cancer had shrunk to virtually nothing and the treatment had worked – the family were completely dumbstruck, having never dared to think about that possibility.
The incredible sheer talent of doctors, and with the research into treatments for this devil of a disease, has given the Morton family so much relief and happiness.
Gillian has been given a new lease of life and she's smiling again! However, if it wasn't for the funding and the money that people like Gary raise to go into cancer research, immunotherapy wouldn't exist and it wouldn't be able to work its magic on patients likeGillian.
How can you help?
If you can help, your donation, however big or small, will help Clatterbridge Hospital to build a new Cancer Care Centre.
This £157m investment which is supported by a £51m charity appeal is huge news for cancer care in our area and will mean:
- A new 11 floor specialist cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool.
- Uniting care for blood cancer and solid tumour patients for the first time in the city.
- 110 single en-suite rooms for inpatients.
- A dedicated 8 bedded teenage and young adult unit.Significant investment in the hospital on the Wirral.
- Better, safer care for the most seriously unwell cancer patients.
- A huge leap forward for cancer research and clinical trials in our region.
You can be a part of this. LET'S TRANSFORM CANCER CARE TOGETHER.
Gary's 31st day, tomorrow, Sunday 29th October, will consist of him running from Gillian’s front door to the Clatterbridge Hospital which ironically is 26 miles, almost like it's meant be!
If you can be there to cheer him on at the finish line then you'd be more than welcome.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-morton31