Why I’ve Picked The Northern Ireland Hospice As My Charity Of Choice For Paris And Belfast.
It was 2 years ago today that my dad died from lung cancer which he was diagnosed with only 11 months before.
His illness was what inspired me into running initially. When you receive a diagnosis like that in your family it is hard to know what to do with yourself.
I dealt with it in my own way for the first few months by drinking and travelling.
But I only truly found my escape eventually through jogging .
I started running properly when his illness took a turn for the worse in December 2010. I remember running home from work a few nights in a row and he’d take a genuine interest in my stories of fucking hating the general public for getting in my way on my jogs.
He was seriously ill and still had time to listen to my shit.
It makes me feel slightly ashamed of myself.
His first health scare in 2000 resulted in him turning his life around.
He gave up smoking 10 years before the lung cancer diagnosis.
His decision was triggered by a health scare in 2000 after 30 years of smoking up to 40 cigarettes a day. He took ill very quickly over the course of a week and we were dreading the worst as both of his parents had succumbed to Cancer.
We were relieved when he was diagnosed with ‘only’ Type II Diabetes.
He stopped smoking overnight, ate healthier, drank less and ended up losing 40 pounds over a few months.
He lightened up, enjoyed life more and made our lives brighter for it.
Many would look at his decision to stop smoking as a futile one
After all the cigarettes still claimed his life in the end. If you’re gonna die anyway through tobacco why bother trying?
In life we can either choose to wallow in our own shit or get up off our knees and live the only life we will ever have now and make it one that’s a celebration, rather than a dismal submission to fate.
We will all die, but that doesn’t have to be something to be upset over. It gives you the freedom to live your life how you want to now.
You can overcome any of your problems that are sabotaging the quality of your life if you give them your honest attention.
You can change your life for the better and offer hope and guidance to others around you.
I’m fundraising for the Northern Ireland Hospice with the Paris & Belfast Marathon 2013.
Up until now I wasn’t gonna run either the Paris Marathon or Belfast City Marathon for a charity as I feel like I’ve let other charities down by piss poor collection attempts in the past few months.
But I kinda feel compelled as we received a letter from the Northern Ireland Hospice last week asking for a donation to help rebuild their centre on the Somerton Road which is where my dad stayed for the last few days of his life.
I walk past the Hospice Shop on the Ormeau Road, Belfast every day at least 4 times and I feel awful for having offered them nothing when they did everything for us.
That’s why I’ve set up a JustGiving page for my Paris and Belfast marathons. If you could donate even £1, then I’d be very thankful.