We spoke to Jake about the significance of running the London Marathon in memory of his dad. Here, he shares his story with us:
“I finally received a ballot place for this year’s London Marathon, 12 years after dad’s passing, a huge goal on my bucket list and choosing a charity to support was an easy decision for me.
“Dad was 52 when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer and despite best efforts of doctors and a successful surgery which removed a huge amount of the infected tissue, his cancer had already spread and as his condition deteriorated. It was suggested he’d be more comfortable at the Hospice.
“Dad was really sociable, played football for a number of local teams and had a passion for motorbikes.
“Being an in-patient with his own room gave my dad dignity and companionship during his final months. It allowed our family to spend his good days watching nostalgic TV programmes together in his room, while his friends could say their goodbyes in meaningful ways, such as sharing a final beer watching the football. It also goes without saying that he received the best medical care.
“On hearing my dad was going into the Hospice, it was a very upsetting moment to process. But I have no doubt at all that he’d be so grateful that his wife and sons were so well supported through the worst weeks of their lives.
“Fast forward to April and as I ran past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to the finish line, I was incredibly proud of myself and felt even closer to him, having shared this running experience over 30 years apart.”
We thank Jake for sharing his touching story with us, and for raising valuable funds in memory of his dad.