Putting our region's cancer needs first

St Helens Man Takes On Half Marathon

A runner from St Helens is preparing to take on his first Great North Run in aid of local cancer research funded by North West Cancer Research.

Michael with his family

40-year-old Michael Keane, who is a radiographer working across two different trusts in the Liverpool area, will be participating alongside 57,000 others to complete the Great North Run, taking place on the 10th of September in Newcastle. 

Since his sister’s cancer diagnosis in 2018 Michael has been inspired to help support cancer research charities. Michael took part in the Leeds half marathon two years ago and raised £1,400. He has told friends he aims to raise the same in this year’s run, donating £1,000 himself!

Michael has raised over £3,000 for North West Cancer Research, smashing his target of £350 by sharing on his ‘Just Giving’ page on social media. Michael has been pushing for two training runs a week, despite a busy work schedule.  

Michael said: “For a number of years now Cancer Research has been a charity close to my heart. Thanks to advancements in research, my sister was able to make a full recovery from her diagnosis in 2018.  

“I am fully aware of the amazing atmosphere the Great North Run will provide and this is one of the reasons why I signed up for the run.”  

North West Cancer Research is an independent charity dedicated to putting the region’s cancer needs first by funding life-saving research and education to tackle the cause, improve the care and find the cure for cancer. 

You can support Michael as he takes on the Great North Run this September at: