Liversedge man's marathon effort for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Liversedge man's marathon effort for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale
7:00am Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
A two-times cancer survivor is looking ahead to his fundraising challenges this year.
Daniel McIntyre, 36, of Liversedge, aims to complete two marathons and a 5km wheelchair race to raise money for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale.
Mr McIntyre who also suffers from multiple sclerosis and is a wheelchair-user, will take part in the 5km Edinburgh wheelchair race in May and then compete in the Edinburgh Marathon, a total of 26 miles, the following day.
In October he plans to take part in the inaugural 26-mile Yorkshire Marathon in York, also in support of the charity.
He is aiming to raised about £500 during both events.
He said: “Charities which aim to support people living with a cancer diagnosis are close to my heart. There are not many of them and when I discovered Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale, quite by accident, I was amazed at the services they provide, not only to cancer patients but their families as well.
“These services are provided at absolutely no cost to the patient or their family. But there is a cost and currently it runs at £750,000 per year.”
For the past three years Mr McIntyre has been taking part in physical challenges in aid of different charities.
In 2011 he made an epic journey across the Swiss Alps in a 1932 mobility tricycle to show the problems faced by disabled motorists. In the same year he participated in the Run For All 5km event at Roundhay Park, Leeds, in aid of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, where he had received treatment.
In 2012 he spent a night sleeping on the streets of Grimsby for the YMCA, did a zip slide from the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale and took part in the Olympics as a Games Maker.
Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale provides all kinds of support, from information and benefits advice to complementary therapies and counselling, and this year the charity is marking its silver jubilee.
Mr McIntyre said: “I have spent a large part of the past three years challenging myself, always pushing myself to see what I can do, push those boundaries and perhaps also show everyone what disabled people are capable of.”
Hayley Collis, from the fundraising team at Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale, said: “Dan is an inspiration to the charity. Having survived the cancer journey twice in his lifetime and to still want to do more for his local charity is amazing. He has worked with us as a volunteer and was wowed by not only what we do, but the way we empower people through their cancer journey and beyond.”
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