Raising the stakes since his last fundraising challenge, Gary McKee is attempting to run 110 marathons in 110 days to mark Macmillan Cancer Support’s 110th anniversary year.
This challenge tops his previous fundraiser in 2017 when he completed 100 marathons in 100 days, running his final marathon at the Virgin Money London Marathon, which this year is partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Since the start of February, Gary, from Cleator Moor, Cumbria has been running a marathon a day safely adhering to lockdown restrictions, to run almost 3,000 miles by mid-May. It’s no mean feat for the 52-year-old, who works full time as a shift manager at Sellafield.
“I’m not a runner I’m a fundraiser,” said Gary, “and all charities are really suffering now with mass participation events impossible, so I’m committed to doing my bit and hopefully inspiring others along the way.
“It’s more than just the money raised, which of course is very important, it’s to hopefully inspire others, we are all stronger together, especially now in these times of isolation – it’s why I do it.
Gary has a personal connection to the charity after his father was diagnosed with cancer. As a result, Gary’s three children are all committed to the cause too. Beau, his 13-year-old son has raised over £34,000 for MacMillan and both 16-year-old Alfie and eight-year-old Minnie have fundraised as well.
“It’s a source of great pride for me that my children have got involved in fundraising themselves and since my father was diagnosed, and passed away in 2003 from an unrelated illness, my family and I have raised more than £300,000 for cancer charities, with Macmillan Cancer Support the main beneficiary.”
Caring for cancer patients
MacMillan Cancer Support offers patients advice, emotional support and care to guide them through the cancer treatment process.
Gary explained: “Charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and West Cumbria Hospice at Home are amazing at supporting people to live their lives as they deal with the impact of cancer. It’s crucial to shine a light on cancer and the importance of recognising the signs and taking action if you think you have any symptoms.
“The best thing people can take away from this especially during the pandemic is don’t sit at home and wait, contact your GP as cancer services are still there to support you.”
“For anyone affected by cancer who needs help please call our Support Line on 0808 808 0000 or visit: Macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support.”
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