Two St Helens men will be taking on a double challenge for charities which have supported their families.
AJ Mussell and his pal Stephen Carberry will join a group of friends to cycle from Rainford, to London tomorow, before running the 26 miles in the iconic marathon the following day for Macmillan, The Steve Prescott Foundation and CLIC Sargent.
As AJ’s mum, Linda, has been diagnosed with cancer twice, and Stephen’s 20-year-old son, Chris, was also diagnosed with the illness, the felt it was the fitting way to help raise funds and boost morale.
AJ, 28, of Rainford, said: “My mum has suffered from cancer twice. In 2012 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and in 2014 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“The journey wasn’t straight forward but I am happy to say that she has been fortunate to come out of the other side, not least thanks to the help of the Macmillan Cancer support nurses.
“In recent years I have seen the hard work and dedication by the volunteers of the Steve Prescott Foundation, volunteering and participating in many events myself and through the company I work for, Tecmark, and I have been truly inspired by Steve and the legacy he has left behind.
It all seemed like a good idea at the time, now the training has started its clear its going to be tougher than first thought so your support is greatly appreciatedAJ Mussell
“It all seemed like a good idea at the time, now the training has started its clear its going to be tougher than first thought so your support is greatly appreciated.”
It won’t be the first time that AJ has run the London marathon – he did it in 2012, so wanted to do something even bigger and better this year.
Stephen, of Rainford, said: “Chris was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma in December 2015. He is currently ongoing treatment at numerous hospitals across England. CLIC Sargent’s support has been invaluable to all involved and this is the main reason I would like to give back to them.”
To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/rainford-london or https://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Carberry