Three cheers for our marvellous marathon runners! 

21/04/2017 00:00 
UCLH patients, staff and loved ones are gearing up for this year’s London Marathon.

Those pounding the pavements on Sunday will include Dan Joyce, whose world was “turned upside down” when his girlfriend Bianca, a keen triathlete, was diagnosed with cancer.

Dan, who is running for the UCH Cancer Fund, said: “From the start of the journey, the UCH Cancer Centre has provided world-class care and support for both of us and our families.

“To experience the support that Bianca has been offered by this incredible hospital and charity is both heart-warming and heart-breaking."

Dan, who recently got engaged to Bianca, added: “I will always be a huge supporter of all the work this centre undertakes.”

Fundraisers for the UCH Cancer Fund also include GI consultants Steve Pereira and Muntzer Mughal – who already has 17 marathons under his belt.

Supporters of the National Brain Appeal, another UCLH charity, are also getting on their marks. 

Mark Bentley, whose wife Marie was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia while still in her 50s, told the Hertfordshire Mercury: “We were not prepared at all for this diagnosis.  It was so unexpected and so very sad.”

David Maloney was treated in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery   after an unprovoked attack on a birthday night out left him with a severe brain injury.

Now, six years on, he told the Hemel Gazette: “I’m at a point in my life and my recovery when I can fully appreciate what the staff at the National Hospital did for me.
“I felt it was time to give something back.”

Mark and David will be joined on the starting blocks by three staff runners – Neil Kitchen, Luke Dallal and Jemma Ball.

Neil, a consultant neurosurgeon, said: “I am taking on this challenge to acknowledge, in some small way, the bravery and fortitude displayed by my numerous brain tumour patients.”

Neil Mulford and Darren Purchase will be running to raise money for Haematology Cancer Care.

And Lee Eldridge, Colin Bathe and Tracy Elsdon will be clocking up the miles for Breathing Matters.

Two weeks later, Liz O’Hara, UCLH's deputy director of workforce, will take on the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon for UCH Cancer Fund.

Good luck one and all!

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