I'm doing to fundraise for The Gavin Glynn Foundation. Your support is very much appreciated.
The Gavin Glynn Foundation believes that all children with cancer deserve the best care, wherever th...
"It was estimated that by 2020 “1 in 2” people in Ireland will develop cancer in their lifetime, with that potentially doubling in the incidence of cancer by 2045. Worldwide, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and is the leading cause of death by disease in children."
In March 2018 I found myself on the “1” side of the above statistic when a seemingly harmless cyst on my lower back was diagnosed as being an extremely rare cancerous tumour. In August of that year I successfully had surgery to remove the tumour and thankfully, all my follow up scans and examinations have been clear since!
Early in 2018 before my diagnosis, I had sparked a keen interest in the sport of triathlon (initially mainly for the challenge of being able to swim 750m!). I remember post-surgery, unable to sit or lie down without pain and discomfort, seeing on the news that the Ironman 70.3 triathlon was taking place in Dublin that week……I couldn’t have been further from being able to compete!!
Once recovered, my main motivation was to get physically fit again and I pushed on with my interest in triathlon by joining Pulse Triathlon Club (http://www.pulsetri.com). Since then, I have completed numerous races including Dublin City Marathon and Ironman 70.3 Weymouth in 2019.
When I heard about The Gavin Glynn Foundation (TGGF) (https://tggf.ie/) and the great work they do for children and their families diagnosed with cancer, I was immediately blown away and inspired to help.
Through the help and support provided by TGGF, these children are given the chance to access vital treatment abroad which otherwise would be financially impossible.
Given my own experience with the disease, I want to combine my love of triathlon and the challenge of raising funds to help TGGF continue to make such a difference in the lives of those that need it most.
So here is the challenge!!!
On Saturday 7th August and then again on Sunday 8th August, I will attempt to complete an Ironman distance triathlon (3.9km Swim, 180.2km Bike, 42.2km Run).
Swim - Wakeboard and Waterski Club, Summerhill, Co. Meath. (https://www.irishwwf.ie/club/wake-n-ski/15). Special thanks to Eamon and this family run club who have generously agreed to let me use the lake for this event.
Bike - Areas of counties Meath, Kildare & Dublin (https://www.strava.com/routes/2852531544385289808)
Run - Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin (https://www.strava.com/routes/2834130699859721042)
This is a massive challenge for me so please get behind the event by donating what you can to TGGF but also by resharing this link to all friends and family through Facebook, What'sApp, Instagram etc.
I would also love to see you come out and support me and maybe even join in at parts! 😊
I will post more details between now and the event but in the meantime please donate!!!
Well done!! God bless you!!
Wow, well done Gary! Gavin's legacy is such an important charity.
Congratulations Gary. Fantastic achievement and such a deserving cause. Well done!
As promised, double the reward for double the trouble! Such a great achievement to have completed it Gary and GGF are well deserving of every penny.
Well done Gary some achievement 💪💪