In 2019 I signed up for a medical trial to earn a bit of cash. As part of the trial they had to do an MRI on my brain and they detected a small, supposedly harmless, tumor.
A later scan showed it growing so two weeks after my 31st birthday I was scheduled in for brain surgery, during which I had to be awake and talking the entire time.
A week later they'd confirmed it to be stage 3 brain cancer, which normally comes with a life expectancy of 5 years to live. Because I'm younger I might get longer than this but either way I'm going to spend my last years dedicating myself to achieving something hard and worthwhile.
I primarily wanted to break a world record, I won't pretend to do all this selflessly for others. Too many people do things for charity just so that others see them do it. I have many many flaws, but that's not one.
That said, the world record for the most money raised for running a marathon felt like the right one for me to try and break. I wanted to do something physical to show other people with medical or mental issues that they control their limitations more than the problems in their lives. Think about what Stephen Hawking was able to give to the world, without even the ability to move his mouth to speak.
I knew having cancer could attact people to give to a cancer chairty, I myself have given to mental health charities after the loss of a friend to suicide. In an odd way I thought it was a moral duty to raise money for a charity that I knew I'd be uniquely good at given my new situation.
"What a man can be, he must be."
A top that I wanted a world record that my cancer would hinder, not help. So during that same Marathon, I'm going to dress as a video game character, and run the marathon under a blistering 2 hours 57 minutes. Thus winning 2 world records in one fell swoop.
My main goal is to try and break the most money raised for charity for a marathon, at £ £2,320,601
Oddly enough, at this early stage, giving my social media a follow/subscription/like etc will likely lead to attracting others, starting a snowball affect. The more people there are to to ask for donations, the smaller the amouts will be to ask for from everyone, and the more likely they'll be able to give.
Or if you've got anything else that might help me achieve my goals, get in touch!