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McGee raced for leukaemia patient

Family man and dentist Tony McGee is constantly trying to keep fit in-between running his very busy practice, Fairfield Dental Surgery in Staines, Middlesex, studying for an MSc in Dental Implantology and spending quality time with his young family. But he still found time to compete in the Great North Run last year (yes the one that claimed several lives). Dentistry magazine reports

A year ago Tony made the decision to enter ‘The Great North Run’ in his old University town of Newcastle. He began training in earnest, with the help of his personal trainer and his eight-year-old daughter in preparation.

The BUPA Great North Run is a point-to-point course starting in Newcastle Upon Tyne (on the central motorway in Newcastle city centre), running through Gateshead and finishing at South Shields (in The Leas) on the coast.

It is an exact half marathon, measuring 13.1 miles or 21.09km.
Tony ran for Sarah - a patient of his for 10 years. Three years ago she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and began treatment the day before her 18th birthday. Sarah had been treated with seven courses of chemotherapy, several blocks of radiotherapy and two transplants at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. But despite all this, was still smiling, thanks to the devotion and dedication of the wonderful team at the hospital.
The Royal Marsden has a successful ongoing drug research and development programme for all cancers, that is funded by voluntary contributions, and Tony decided to donate the money he raised in sponsorship to support this very cause. Unfortunately Sarah contracted shingles just before her 21st birthday and died a short time after just before the run took place.

Tony managed to finish the GNR in two hours and 23 minutes, which I thought was a very respectable time for a beginner! He raised over £2,000.

His wife comments: ‘We then held a cheese and wine evening at our home in November and raised a further £1,000. We eventually handed over a cheque to The Royal Marsden Hospital for 3,252.37’.

I have a feeling that he is going to concentrate on his final part of his MSc this year but is still out pounding the nearby streets in preparation for 2007.

This lively and energetic practice also took part in the ‘Wear It Pink’ day for breast cancer last October and raised £85.

 Posted on : Fri 3rd - Mar - 2006

 

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