Marathon efforts in mums’ memories

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We’re wishing good luck to all the supporters who are running the Dublin Marathon for Brain Tumour Research today.

Returning after a two-year absence, the 2022 event will see 25,000 runners take to Dublin’s streets to complete the 26.2-mile route. Amongst them are inspiring individuals who are part of our #FightingForce team.

Kirsty Nowak, 51, is running to help find a cure for the “silent killer” which took her mum’s life. Mavis Phelan died from a glioblastoma (GBM) on 14th May, aged 82. Kirsty said that doing something “practical” was her way of dealing with losing her mum.

She added: “More people need to know about brain tumours. So little funding goes towards researching them, and that’s got to change. More needs to be known about this devastating disease because more research will give people more time with their loved ones.”

Seamus McAteer (pictured) also went through the devastation of losing his mum to a brain tumour and is taking on this amazing challenge in her memory. His mum Anne died on 5th August 2018, just four months after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Seamus said: “I want to give something back and I think Mum would be proud as punch.

“The government should be doing a lot more to fund research into brain tumours and more support is needed. I’ve seen what it did to my mum, and I don’t want other families to go through the same. There has to be a cure out there.”

Good luck and thank you to all our supporters who are taking part in the Dublin Marathon today!

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