In April 2014 my son Ieuan was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital suffering from dizzy spells. The MRI scan identified a lump so he had an operation to take a biopsy and help relieve the dizziness. The lump turned out to be a brain tumour. A Pilocytic Astrocytoma to be precise. It's in an inoperable part of his midbrain. Not very nice...but it was classified as Grade I so the least aggressive sort. He will face a lifetime of scans to ensure it's not growing at all. If it does, well we will just have to see what advances medicine have hopefully made by then. It's nearly six months since his diagnosis and there are no signs of growth.
During that time I have been thinking what could I do to repay the help and support received from Princess Margaret Hospital and its wonderful staff during that very trying time. My inspiration to fundraise in this manner was driven by my wonderful partner Fran who fundraised by running a marathon, while injured. I can't quite bring myself to run for over four hours straight but I thought I could use an endurance event that has three different disciplines to mix things up a bit so I decided that I will try and fundraise in the lead up to my next goal. November 2014 is when I will compete in the Mandurah 70.3 Half Ironman.
70.3 refers to the total distance of a 1.9 km swim (1.2 miles), followed by a 90km bike ride (56 miles) finished up with a 21.1km run (13.1 miles). It’s a big effort but I've been inspired to follow my dreams and make the most of life. I hope you will help my effort to fundraise for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and give a little bit back.