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Everyone From Day One

At Macmillan we give people living with cancer everything we’ve got. Their worries are our worries and we will move mountains to help people live life as fully as they can. Right now, we can only be there for one in four people at the point of their cancer diagnosis. We want to be there for everyone, from the moment they are told they have cancer through to treatment and beyond.

This partnership with the Virgin Money London Marathon will help Macmillan continue to do whatever it takes to be there for everyone living with cancer from day one. The money raised will help to keep our telephone support line going when people need it the most – offering emotional, financial, and clinical support to everybody affected by cancer. Funds raised will also help support the professional development of Macmillan’s vital healthcare professionals across the UK.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on cancer care and for many people, there has never been a more frightening time to receive a cancer diagnosis. At Macmillan, we’re going all out to find ever better ways to help people with cancer, and this partnership will help to bring forward the day when everyone gets the support they need from day one.

Here is the story of one Team Macmillan runners, taking on the challenge of the Virgin Money London Marathon this year.

Adam Ward

Adam is training to fulfil his dream of running the Virgin Money London Marathon after he was diagnosed with colon cancer during the Covid-19 pandemic, when he was given just two years to live. The 41-year-old from South Derbyshire, is running as part of #TeamMacmillan with his partner Vici.

Adam said: “I’ve always wanted to run the London Marathon and with my cancer being terminal, it’s now or in a way it could be never. After a restless night following my diagnosis I woke up and knew I needed a goal to work towards, so Vici and I decided to run the marathon together. Even though I’m ill, I’m feeling OK at the moment, so the more that I can give back to Macmillan while I can, the more I will do.

“Training for this year’s marathon has given me a lot of focus and taken my mind off my treatment. I used to be pretty good at running, but over the last year or so, having cancer and going through chemotherapy has aged me and my body can’t do what it used to do. However, I do see that as part of the challenge! We will be running, walking and crawling to that Finish Line in October, whatever it takes.”

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