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Doing it for Dad

Like many people, Stella Faughnan had often dreamed of running the London Marathon. When her father, Michael Warman was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2009, Stella was understandably devastated but decided to fulfil her ambition to give her family something positive to focus on.

Stella Faughnan running in the London Marathon in 2013

Stella chose to support The Institute of Cancer Research because of our reputation for international collaborations with other organisations. The family was based in France where Michael received excellent care, and Stella was keen to raise money for an organisation that would ultimately benefit cancer patients wherever they are in the world.

Stella says, “I wanted to do this for my Dad. He was such an amazing, supportive man and I wanted to make him proud. It was my own little way of saying thank you to him for all he did for me. As a personal trainer, fitness and well-being have always been paramount – however, I'm not a natural born runner so it was a massive personal achievement. I was so proud to wear his name on my running vest and it was a great feeling to see my family when I crossed the finish line.”

Stella hoped to raise £3,000 in sponsorship, however with the help of family and friends she more than doubled her target and raised an amazing £6,250 and completed the marathon in 5 hours 6 minutes.

Sadly, Michael’s cancer returned despite two rounds of chemotherapy, and resulted in an operation to remove all of his stomach. He passed away three months before the marathon and is greatly missed by all his family.

If you have been inspired to take part in the London Marathon for the ICR please email events@icr.ac.uk or call 020 7153 5307.

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