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Please show your support to Alec Holah who will be running in memory of Gavin Hepburn.
The whole family is nothing short of heroes and deserve the attention of the entire nation for what happened to them as the UK moves forward with its #NHSCrisis.
If you can please just donate £1 and leave a message to show support for him and the family.
We would like to find a way to share this with Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt - who to date have not issued a proper apology to the family.
Alec joins Kirsty Crozier, our great MDS Oxford nurse. If you are able to join us on the day - 23rd April - please let us know. It would be beyond wonderful to have a group of people shouting support for them.
Alec says on his Virgin Money Giving Page:
"The reason why I am running the marathon, and why it's so important that I can RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE with your help....
Last year my family's life was literally turned upside down and none more so than my sister Lisa and her three young children, when we lost a great man - my brother-in-law and great friend Gavin Hepburn. Gav was an amazing father to his kids and a rock to my sister. He was a young, outgoing, energetic and succesful man who had everything to live for, and so many things to look forward to in life.
In November 2012 Gav was diagnosed with a rare condition known as Myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. To say that Gav gave everything to overcome his battle would be an understatement. Years of intense treatment and hospital visits never deterred him and I will forever be grateful for the bravery he displayed, showing me that no matter what life throws at you nothing is more important than your family and friends. A huge inspiration to myself and so many other people that knew him, he is hugely missed by us all.
MDS UK Patient Support Group
So my aim by way of a huge thank you for dedicating their time to look after Gav, and to provide him with incredible support throughout his illness is to RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE for an unbelievable group of people at MDS UK. My family will be forever grateful for the support and help that they have provided not only to Gav, but also those who have been affected in a similar way. "