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Dan Armstrong

Dan Armstrong's TriathLONG 2015

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My story

[lt]div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;"[gt]In 2012 my daughter Grace was diagnosed with ependymoma brain tumour. She underwent brain surgery and follow-up Proton Therapy in America. A year later the tumour re-appeared and was surgically removed again. This time she had full head & spine radiotherapy. She was so brave and happy throughout this potentially scary and long process. She lost her hair but rarely lost her smile.[lt]/div[gt] [lt]div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;"[gt]She is now tumour free & with no symptoms or side-effects. It's miraculous. Even her hair has grown back.[lt]/div[gt] [lt]div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;"[gt]Throughout the whole process of treatment and constant visits for check-ups and tests we were amazingly supported by our familes and friends. We were also financially supported and advised by 2 charities Snowdrop sussex and Clic Sargent[lt]/div[gt][p][lt]img title="Triathlong Logo 455" src="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3815200/triathlong/triathlong-logo-virgin455.jpg" alt="Triathlong Logo 455" width="455" height="153" /[gt][/p][p]Throughout 2015 my challenge is to complete over 3000 miles of Swimming, Running & Cycling. [/p][p]Running 870 miles - The distance from John O'Groats to Lands End[lt]br /[gt]Swimming 23 miles - The same as crossing the Channel[lt]br /[gt]Riding 2270 miles - As far as the Tour de France - further than Moscow or Marrakesh![/p][p][b]Why are you doing a TriathLONG?[/b][/p][p]In 2012 my daughter Grace was diagnosed with ependymoma [b]brain tumour[/b]. She underwent [b]brain surgery[/b] and follow-up [b]Proton Therapy[/b] in America. A year later the tumour re-appeared and was surgically removed again. This time she had full head & spine [b]radiotherapy[/b]. She was so brave and happy throughout this potentially scary and long process. She's had over 60 radiotherapy sessions strapped to a bed & had more than 20 MRI scans to date. She lost her hair but rarely lost her smile.[/p][p]She is now tumour free & with no symptoms or side-effects. It's miraculous. Even her hair has grown back.[/p][p]Grace inspired me with her perserverance and I wanted to do something to show us all that even though bad things do happen - greater good can come through them.[/p][p][b]Giving Back - 3 Charities?[/b][/p][p]Throughout the whole process of treatment and constant visits for check-ups and tests we were amazingly supported by our familes and friends. We were also financially supported and advised by 2 charities [i][b]The Sussex Snowdrop Trust[/b][/i] and [i][b]Clic Sargent[/b][/i]. Snowdrop were amazing and helped us pay for our groceries and fun days out for the whole family. Clic Sargent also gave us money and amazing wigs for Grace.[/p][p]I also wanted to fundraise for [b][i]Children on the Edge[/i][/b] a local charity that helps vulnerable children on the edge of society; from the slums of Uganda to displacement camps of Burma to the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. [/p][p]http://www.thesussexsnowdroptrust.com/about-us/where-does-the-money-go/[lt]br /[gt]http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/what-we-do[lt]br /[gt]http://www.childrenontheedge.org/how-we-help.html[/p][p][b]Please Give![lt]br /[gt][/b][/p][p]The greatest encouragement as I try to complete my challenge is to know I am inspiring others to support these great charities. Every bit is a huge help...[/p][lt]p class="p1"[gt][lt]span class="s1"[gt]£4 can heat a Syrian refugee camp school class room for a week[lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p class="p1"[gt][lt]span class="s1"[gt]£8 can pay for ‘What Now’ a booklet for parents and carers whose child has just been diagnosed with cancer[lt]/span[gt][/p][p] £20 will help with petrol bills for families travelling thousand of miles to take their child to and from hospital [/p][p]Thanks! [/p]

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Jan 7, 2016

Anonymous

Dan. Amazing job, well done for completing your challenge! And also for raising so much for charity.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jan 7, 2016

Cholly, Maria, Oscar and Amelia

Well done mate. Very inspiring. And glad that Grace is doing so well.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jan 6, 2016

Anonymous

Great job Daniel!

Jan 4, 2016

Anonymous

Well done mate, fantastic achievement. Great charities too.

Jan 4, 2016

Anonymous

Inspirational!! Thank you for consistently pushing our community

Jan 4, 2016

Nick & Fi

Amazing Dan, well done x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jan 4, 2016

Anonymous

Brilliant Dan - and Grace!

Jan 4, 2016

Anonymous

You're an inspiration. Well done!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jan 4, 2016

Tom & Fiona Mills

An absolutely incredible achievement Dan, we've been watching your progress with pride and awe!!

£20.00

Jan 3, 2016

Christina Gaiger

Amazing achievement!