Project 565 Miles – Paul Mason
In 2020 Paul Mason will run 565 miles in 100 days to raise awareness and funds for research into cancer specifically hepatocellular carcinoma at King’s College Hospital (KCH) in London.
He’ll start on May 21 with the Grand Union Canal Race (GUCR), Britain’s longest, toughest, non-stop running race. Competitors are required to complete the 145 mile distance from the centre of Birmingham to the centre of London along the Grand Union Canal within the time limit of 45 hours.
Paul plans to undertake a double GUCR145, starting from the finish line in Little Venice, London, run up to Birmingham, then turnaround and join the official race and run back down to London all within 4 days.
His WHY is very simple:
“At the end of June 2017 fellow runner Mark Thornberry was diagnosed with a type of terminal primary liver cancer and given 6 to 9 months to live.
However Mark is determined not to go quietly into the night and as of today, following surgery at the start of 2019 to remove 50% of his liver, numerous other procedures and an experimental dual drug trial, Mark with the help of the guys Kings College Hospital, is still fighting a valiant battle.
Unfortunately at the end of September 2019 additional secondary tumors were identified and there is a strong probability that Mark will no longer be eligible to continue the drug trial he is currently on and his prognosis is currently unknown.
There is no donation too small (or indeed too large) I know that there always seems to be someone asking for something, but your help and support matters more than you know and is so hugely appreciated.
Many thanks, Paul Mason.”
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Mark Thornberrycancer fighter, speaker
“At the end of June 2017 I was diagnosed with terminal primary liver cancer and given 6 to 9 months to live.
On January 30th 2019 I underwent major surgery to remove more than 50% of my liver. A procedure that had hitherto not been possible to prescribe given the disposition of my cancer and the complication of having underlying cirrhosis. The operation went as well as possible.
However, my tumour biology means that I am susceptible to recurrence, and at the beginning of May 2019 (and at the time of writing this update) scans have revealed secondary cancer outside of the liver.
I am coming to terms with this…but boy, it’s hard to take whilst still not 100% recovered from the previous surgery.
A treatment plan is being formulated and I am firmly resolved to uphold what I said after my initial diagnosis – I refuse, absolutely refuse, to go quietly into the night. I’ve undergone five procedures and am still jabbing away some two years later, though the medics are unsure as to why. This is the nature of liver cancer in many, many cases.
So, whilst and when I can, I’m going to use my passion for ultrarunning as a means to keep raising funds for research into my cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) at King’s College Hospital (KCH) in London – who have been caring for me as an outpatient for the past 14 years for my liver disease and who are now providing support and treatment for my cancer.”
More about Mark and how to support him: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkThornberry
Paul Mason considers himself as an Obsessed runner ? who turned into an ultra runner.
“In 2020 I am honoured to be raising monies for Mark Thornberry Cancer Charity – all monies I raise will be ring fenced and directed to the official charity.
For the members of the “running family” I am sure you will know of Mark’s story of courage and resilience….I cannot think of a more humble guy to support.”