Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

London Marathon 2021

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My story

[p][b][img][/img][/b][/p][p][i]Update: My first target of £3000 has been utterly destroyed - I am so grateful and thankful to every single person who has helped and supported me in doubling this target. Smashing £6000 is incredible and these funds are vital to the charity so one day a cure can be found. If you are looking at my page, please give what you can - I want to get as close to £10,000 as possible. This has surpassed my wildest dreams. Thank you so much, Tony xx[/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]As I sit here writing my Virgin Giving page, I am with my mum. A lady who has walked miles in her life, travelled to USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. Someone who has hiked in the beautiful mountains of Austria and Switzerland. A person who has given everything to her family, whose decisions were always made with love for my Dad, myself and my older brother James. A mum who became even happier when her four grandchildren: Sebastian, Nathanael, Joshua and Isla were born. After dreaming and planning for retirement, both my mum and dad were retired and ready for new challenges less than 2 years ago. However, after eight months of what started off as ‘funny turns’, with symptoms progressing and doctors failing to refer my mum to a specialist, my mum was crushingly diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Brain Tumour. [/b][/p][p][b]I have to say at this point, I have been very lucky in my life. I have never really known anyone in our family to suffer or be diagnosed with any terminal illness. But in this year, my whole world has been turned upside down. Seeing my mum in hospital not being able to walk, unable to go to the toilet by herself or use her right side has been unbearably hard. After meeting with numerous specialists, we were given the worst news: the tumour was deep, multi-focal, active, aggressive, no surgical option and no cure. The only treatment available was three weeks of radiotherapy twice a week and after that. Nothing. I have to remind myself every day what is happening as it feels like a nightmare I can’t wake up from. My mum is currently back at home and I want to tell you that my dad is being amazing in caring for her. Growing up, a son always sees his dad as his hero, but this is now 100% true. A man who has been true to every word of his vows, made over 44 years ago. He is a true rock, unwavering in his love and support and he is our champion. He is able to carry on by always seeking the practical answer, but most importantly he has managed to keep his smile and wonderful sense of humour. [/b][/p][p][b]So, why do I want to run the London Marathon for The Brain Tumour Research Charity. Why wouldn’t I not want to? Right from the beginning of this awful journey, there has been very little in the way of hope, in fact, no hope because of this awful disease. Research, in my eyes, is really the only true way to eventually provide hope for desperate families such as ours. One day there will be a cure. One day targeted treatment will be available. Sadly, this ‘one day’ will be too late for my mum. However, this day must come sooner to stop this cruel suffering. After reading countless articles, books and websites on glioblastomas, it become very clear how ‘rare’ they can be: so rare in fact that a GP may see these cases ‘once or twice in a career’. Unfortunately, my mum’s GP failed to undertake simple neurological tests which, perhaps, could have provided an earlier diagnosis. Along with research and the need for radical early sign understanding by GPs, the general public’s awareness needs to develop. Before diagnosis, all my ‘uninformed’ Google research made me believe my mum had Multiple Sclerosis – never did I come across brain tumours and I had never heard of a glioblastoma. Even as symptoms developed, MS looked most likely. If my mum’s GP had referred her to a specialist last July, although there still would not have been a cure, my mum would have been able to have a better quality of life after diagnosis. It would have allowed my mum to do everything she had always dreamt of whilst she was ‘well’. Now, though, after diagnosis, my mum can’t walk, is becoming confused and is sat all day in a chair – this is my mum who walked everywhere and did everything, until now. What is really scary is the short term future. No amount of reading can prepare us for the reality of what is in store for us. [/b][/p][p][b]I want to support Brain Tumour Research and be a small part of finding a cure to stop what is happening to us, to happen to any other family. [/b][/p][p][b]Thank you for reading and giving me your time. I wholeheartedly appreciate your support. Both the fundraising target and the 26.2 miles are a daunting prospect but one I am completely committed to. The London Marathon is 40 years old in 2020 and so am I...must be fate.[/b][/p][p][b]My deepest thanks, [/b][/p][p][b]Tony x[/b][/p]
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Supporters


Oct 5, 2020

Tom C

Great effort Mr T, well done

£10.00

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Oct 4, 2020

Anna D

Well done Mr Taylor, from Anna D x

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Oct 3, 2020

Anonymous

Virtual London Marathon - Entry Fee

£20.00

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Oct 3, 2020

Finley G

Good luck Mr Taylor.

£10.00

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Oct 3, 2020

Anonymous

Love Zac and Catherine xxx

£30.00

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Oct 3, 2020

Ava and Olivia MacArthur

You can do it Mr Taylor! All the best.

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Feb 26, 2020

Anonymous

£25.00

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Feb 26, 2020

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Feb 21, 2020

Anonymous

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Feb 4, 2020

Phil

£5 a week for the first month's training. Keep it up.

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