Making your miles matter

24 Apr 2019

After months of training, Luke is joining our fifteen runners in the London Marathon this Sunday. He is running for his mum and dad (pictured left), who were simultaneously being treated in the Barts Health hospitals.

Luke's mother had breast cancer that reoccurred multiple times. In 2016, she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time - just a few months before Luke's father would also discover he had cancer. Sadly, Luke's mother passed away last summer.

In her memory and in support of his father, who is still undergoing treatment, Luke decided to run the London Marathon.

“I remember sitting with my mum, waiting with her for blood test results, and seeing one of the Barts Charity banners. I told her then that I was going to run the London Marathon for Barts Charity, and she was really pleased by that. Even though she won’t be able to see me run, I know she was proud of me. She would have really wanted to be waiting at the finish line.”

“I've done half-marathons before,” says Luke, “but I was always looking for a good reason to take that step up and commit to my first full marathon.”

For him, that reason was the amazing care his parents received in hospital. One of his most resounding memories from the experience was when the staff made a special effort to re-arrange one of his father’s consultations in order to bring his mother some good news.

“The consultation was supposed to be at Whipps Cross Hospital. Then, my mother’s condition worsened, so the staff immediately changed it to St Bartholomew’s Hospital (where she was being treated) and brought it forward. It meant that my mother got to hear the good news that my dad’s new hormone treatment was working before she passed away. It was maybe a small thing but meant the world to us all at that time.”

Since starting his training for the London Marathon, Luke has raised over £3000. He says, “It has almost been overwhelming how much support I have received. I thought I would struggle to raise the money. It was really emotional when I hit my target so soon so I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has supported me so far.”

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