Miceal's long run for children cancer sufferers
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
ON Sunday Miceal Dillon will complete the final stage of a series of marathon runs to raise money for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
Since last October, when he ran the Dublin Marathon, the big-hearted Newry City Runner has finished four other 26.2 miles events; London, Belfast, Newry and the Mourne Mountain Marathon.
And on Sunday he will finish the series by 'running home from work.' He will start at 7am outside Primark on Belfast's Royal Avenue (his place of employment), along with his two running buddies Damian Maguire and Dermot Mathers, and will hopefully complete the last of his six marathons, at Primark in the Buttercrane - a distance of 40 miles.
Along the way he will be joined by 45 of his friends (at different stages) and indeed he will run the last few miles with his wife Sinead and children. Miceal hopes to finish the event between 1pm and 2pm to a carnival atmosphere at the Buttercrane where there will be spin bikes, tombola, face painting and a raffle.
The sub-three hour marathon runner got the idea of raising money for the Cancer Fund for Children when his wife Sinead was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
During the five weeks she was in hospital in Belfast receiving radiotheraphy, Miceal was heartbroken at seeing families going through their painful treatment, especially young children.
Happily Sinead has beaten cancer, but others may not be so lucky.
“They were so brave," said Miceal, who said the children's courage inspired him to raise money to help their cause. After some research, he discovered the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children were building a centre, The Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle to replace the outdated Shimna Valley Complex. The new centre, that will provide short break for up to 500 families a year affected by cancer, will cost around £3m.
When he began the series of marathons to help fund the Daisy Lodge appeal, Miceal had a target of £3,000 - but up to now his fundraising is massively exceeding expectations and to date he has raised over £14,000, a sum he confidently expects to go even higher.
You can help families affected by cancer by picking up cards in Primark stores in Newry, Belfast and Lisburn, at First Derivatives (Canal Quay) or William Goss Motors (on Canal Quay).
You can also donate online at www.justgiving.com/Michael-Dillon
Or, you can contact the man himself.
Miceal added: "Everyone has been amazingly helpful. But the money is so important to these unfortunate children so I implore you - please donate."
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