We're doing it for Calum
This year MyMarathon will be a family affair. My daughter Elena and I will be taking on the challenge together, and we will be doing it for Calum. Calum, my eldest son, was born with a serious heart condition. He needed his first heart operation just weeks old and would need more operations as he got older. He had his fourth major heart surgery aged 11.
In the run up to his last operation I decided to sign up to MyMarathon. Not only was it an opportunity to raise money and awareness before Calum had his surgery. But getting out and clocking the miles in the fresh area and local parks was a great way to give me some head space to process everything. At the end it felt like a huge achievement. I will never run the London Marathon, but at the end of MyMarathon you have covered that distance. It has also helped me to maintain a good level of fitness.
This year Elena and I will be taking part together and we are doing it for Calum. No matter how much he has been through, Calum stays positive. He even decided to film the journey of his last surgery for the BHF. He wanted to show everyone what children like him go through.
Calum will need more surgery as he gets older. But we live each day as it comes. For now, Elena and I have some distance to cover. It will be great to do it as Mum and Daughter and support each other through it!
What your donations fund
The money you raise by taking part in MyMarathon could go towards funding our life saving research.
Could help one of our early career researchers carry out a day-and-a-half of research.
Could help to pay for one day of a project to build new, healthy pieces of heart. In the future, this new heart tissue could be used to treat heart failure.
Could buy human blood vessel cells, allowing researchers to study how our blood vessels work.