Putting our region's cancer needs first

St Helens Man Takes On Half Marathon

A runner from St Helens has taken on his first Great North Run in aid of local cancer research funded by North West Cancer Research.

Michael at the finish line of The Great North Run

40-year-old Michael Keane, who is a radiographer working across two different trusts in the Liverpool area, participated alongside 57,000 others to complete the Great North Run, 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, taking part in the Leeds half marathon two years ago and raising £1,400. This year, Michael chose to support North West Cancer Research and with a goal to raise as much as possible, he has even donated £1,000 himself toward his sponsorship. 

Michael has smashed his initial target of £350, raising a massive £3,600 by sharing his Just Giving page with family and friends. 

After fitting in training around a busy work schedule, his efforts paid off as he finished the race in two hours and ten minutes.   

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

“The run was an amazing experience from start to finish. The weather was perfect, and the Red Arrows flew over to start us off and get the adrenaline pumping. It was such a good vibe to run with so many who had a different story to tell but were all there for the same purpose." 

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. 

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