“This was the first time I’d seen Dad cry” – George McBride gears up for emotional Scottish Half Marathon
George McBride will run this year’s Scottish Half Marathon for the event’s official charity partner Cancer Research UK. George has been through an incredibly difficult time, watching close family members suffer from the disease.
He told us his story:
“Two weeks prior to turning 80, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. His prognosis was pretty optimistic. He decided to accept all treatment offered to him as he was my mum’s full time carer and if the treatment bought him some more time, it was time that he could spend caring for his wife. Unfortunately, we were informed that the cancer had in fact spread to his brain and that four tumours had been discovered. The look on Dad’s face when he was told he only had three months to live is something that will never leave me. This was the first time I’d seen Dad cry. His head was bowed and in between sobs he was muttering, ‘who’s going to look after mum?’
“Three weeks later, after collapsing at home, Dad was rushed to hospital where he sadly passed away that evening. The very next day I walked my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. A glass was raised to his memory and a tear was shed by all.
“In April 2016, my wife was told that her routine mammary screening had come back inconclusive. Sat in the breast screening unit the following week, the same emotions came flooding back as my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, although having to undergo an operation to remove the cancerous lump, no chemotherapy was necessary and, after radiotherapy treatment, my wife was given the all clear.
“The Scottish Half Marathon has given me the determination to lose weight, improve my fitness and make my father proud. I want to raise money for a charity close to my heart and one thing I know for sure is that my dad will be cheering me on every single step of the way.”
You can donate to George’s JustGiving page here.
To find out more about running for Team CRUK at the Scottish Half Marathon this year, click here.