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Now, Fran is embarking on his third and final challenge - in a bid to hit his £1m target. He’ll take on seven long distance triathlons in seven days – that’s an incredible 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run EVERY DAY! Fran said, “This is my third physical challenge for CRUK and it felt right to add a third discipline into the mix, but swimming is unbelievably tougher than I ever anticipated. Ever since the last challenge finished, my mind has been focussed on the fact that we are still short of the £1 million I promised to raise for Cancer Research UK, and what I should do next to make sure we get there.” If you want to help Fran hit his target, text FRAN5 or FRAN10 to 70200 to donate £5 or £10. Texts cost £5 or £10 + 1 std msg. 16+, UK only. T&Cs: http://po.st/qBrxLz #ironfran
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In 2016, Fran completed his second ultra-challenge. This time he decided to run and cycle between the Premier League and Championship grounds. He set off from Bournemouth on 2 October 2016, where he ran a marathon and cycled 75 miles every day, ending his journey at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, where he received a well-deserved standing ovation during a football game. #ironfran
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In 2014, ex Southampton footballer, Francis Benali, pledged to raise £1 million for our life-saving research. His first challenge saw him running from Newcastle Football Club to Southampton Football Club, via all the clubs in the Premier League. He said, “For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to run around all 20 Premier League clubs! But on a serious note, my family has been touched by this terrible disease and I wanted to do something to help beat cancer, as well as test myself both physically and mentally.” However, one challenge wasn’t enough and he’s been unstoppable ever since! Follow Fran’s journey over the next few posts. #ironfran
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“In June 1992, my mum had just given birth to me when my dad died from a cancerous tumour. My mother was told that my father may not live until the end of her pregnancy, so the hospital induced her six weeks early so my dad could meet me. Now I have a picture of him holding me, which I treasure dearly. My dad’s life was taken from him far too soon, and now I want to raise money for cancer research so that hopefully some other little girl will get the chance to know her father the way I never did.” Huge thanks to Jenny – one of our amazing #CRUKchallengers taking on this year’s @LondonMarathon!
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“Whilst six months pregnant in November 2013, I had suspected appendicitis and underwent surgery to have my appendix removed. I had to sign a consent form confirming that my husband, Ross, and I were willing to put my life ahead of the baby’s – it was horrendous. The operation was a success, and I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Cari, in March 2014. Two days later, I was asked to go back to the hospital for what I thought was a check on my post-pregnancy recovery. Instead, I received the news that a very rare cancerous tumour had been found on my appendix. I should have been enjoying time with my new born daughter, but I was in a state of emotional turmoil. In September 2014, a CT scan showed no evidence of the cancer, which was a huge relief. I took up running and signed up to the 2019 London Marathon for Cancer Research UK.” Best of luck to Rachel, who will be taking on the @LondonMarathon to raise money for our life-saving research. #CRUKchallengers
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“When I was just 16, my dad, Bill, sadly died from lung cancer. The first sign that something was seriously wrong was when he had a seizure in the middle of the night. He was treated with radiotherapy, but not long after we learned that he had also developed a brain tumour and he died 12 weeks later. This year, I’ll be running my second London Marathon for Cancer Research UK. It’s such an important charity to me. I wanted to take on the challenge again as a way to get fit and improve my physical and mental health, and as it’s such a big race. And because it’s such a big race, I know I have the opportunity to do some serious fundraising too. Last time I ran, my boyfriend proposed to me just after I’d crossed the finish line – he’s my husband now, so he’ll have to have something big up his sleeve to top that! Jen is one of the #CRUKchallengers who will be supporting us in the @LondonMarathon this year. Are you part of our team?
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A huge THANK YOU to everyone wearing their favourite football shirt for #FootballShirtFriday today! 👕 Thanks to you, the Bobby Moore Fund can continue to fund world-class bowel cancer research. You can still donate by following the link in our bio!
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Our CEO, Michelle Mitchell, is getting involved with #FootballShirtFriday today - are you? 👕 Share your pics, and don’t forget to donate £5 to the Bobby Moore Fund by visiting the link in our bio.
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It’s #FootballShirtFriday ! 👕 Get your favourite football shirt on, share a picture using the hashtag, and click the link in our bio to donate £5 to the Bobby Moore Fund. 👊 Ready, shirt, go!
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“Just a year after I was diagnosed, I won a motorbiking contest called the Rally Motor Cup. I’m living the dream now. Everything I have today feels like a bonus and I want to show that there’s life after cancer.” April is #OralCancer AwarenessMonth. Thank you to Andy for sharing his story.
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“I was told that my cancer had filled the space where my tooth had been removed and that I would need to have an operation, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. In March, I had a 12-hour operation to remove a huge section of my jaw. I couldn’t eat for around six weeks after that. My wife and family were a massive support throughout all of this. It’s not just you that goes through cancer. It affects them too.” #OralCancerAwarenessMonth
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“In February 2014, I went to my dentist with a suspected wisdom tooth infection. I’d had pain in my jaw, but no part of me ever thought it was anything serious. I had the tooth removed, but two weeks later it still hadn’t healed. At this point I was really nervous. I’m a huge adrenaline junkie and just wanted this resolved so I could continue my adventures! However, after further tests, I was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell skin cancer in my jaw.” April is #OralCancerAwarenessMonth . Follow Andy’s story over the next few posts.