Nestor said: “The 2012 Virgin London Marathon is the realisation of a dream that was denied to me 5 years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer. I had already started training and despite the aches and pains, was looking forward to completing the 26.2 miles. This year, the fifth since I went into remission, marks the milestone for cancer survivors, as it is accepted as an indicator that the chances of the disease returning are significantly low. To be able to raise funds for a charity like the ACLT, a charity with one of it’s primary aims to spread awareness of blood cancer in addition to supporting families who are living with the diagnosis of a loved one, fills me with complete joy! I hope to have the support of the general public and hear their cheers of “Run Eddie Run” whilst I’m out training and on 22nd April”.
Nestor first began training for the 2007 Marathon however abandoned his position after finding a lump at the top of his thigh which subsequently led onto him being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a type of cancer that affects cells in the lymphatic system.
Five years on, Nestor has become a father, is currently in remission and is ready to take on his lifelong ambition of running those 26.2 miles whilst attempting to raise over £20,012 for the ACLT, also celebrating the 2012 Olympic Year.
Nestor will set himself weekly challenges between Thursday 22 March, to the week leading up to the Marathon, announcing each challenge on his week day drive time show which airs between 5pm – 7pm to further encourage members of the general public to donate through his Virgin Money Giving Fundraising page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EddieNestor
or by texting “ACLT EDDIE” to 70300 to donate £3. Eddie’s first challenge will be to continue growing his beard which he is prepared to dye a shocking blue shade, if the public will support him by donating to his fundraising page!
Orin Lewis OBE, CEO and co-founder of the ACLT said: “The 5 year anniversary for any cancer survivor is a significant one. To have Eddie celebrate his special year by running the marathon whilst raising vital funds for the ACLT is a complete honour”.
Eddie Nestor will run the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 22 April.
For more information, please visit Eddie’s Facebook event page: “Run Eddie Run” / Twitter: @EddieNestor. #runeddierun