You thought your boots were eating up your feet after a long day on the hill or a day tour? Check out Al Machell’s feet…
Al just ran the entire 26.4-mile London Marathon in ski boots…
Just thinking about this hurts our feelings. He completed the run in 8 hours and 1 minute – a new Guinness World Record.
He did it all for The Kidney Patient Association and The Brain Tumour Charity.
Good on ya, Allistar, good on ya.
I have decided to run the London Marathon this year, not in the normal way but to make it a bit harder, I’m going to run/walk/crawl the 26 miles in ski boots!
I’ll be doing this to raise funds for two great charities which are doing great work in the fight against illnesses that have affected me in the past. The first is The Kidney Patient Association and the second is The Brain Tumour Charity.
As many of you know, I had a brain tumour removed in 2001 and, without the research of charities like the Brain Tumour Charity, my prognosis would have certainly not been as good.
A month after having the tumour removed , I received a call from my consultant to give me the bad news that the tumour was a particularly aggressive cancer which required further treatment. Three years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy later and my cancer was in remission.
However, two years later, I had routine blood test which showed a high level of creatinine (a muscle mass by-product that is metabolised by the kidney). This was the first indication that both my kidneys were failing and it was due to an unusual adverse toxic reaction to one of my chemo drugs. Over the course of the next six years, my kidneys became weaker and weaker. Eventually I was told I required a transplant within six months or I would need to go on dialysis.
Fortunately, my sister Helen was a perfect match and she bravely volunteered to donate! The operation went ahead on April 15, 2012 and was a massive success!
Charities like the Kidney Patient Association not only assist with the research of Kidney and renal diseases themselves, but also with pioneering methods of treatment, including using different techniques during procedures (including transplants) but also managing conditions that require long term care (e.g. dialysis) and helps keep the patients as comfortable as possible.
I’m proud to be representing these charities and hope you can dig deep to help support them!”
For those who wish to make a donation in Alastair’s name, follow this link:http://bit.ly/1qTX21E” – Alastair Machell
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