A Falkirk author will swap his writing desk for running shoes when he takes on the Loch Ness Marathon next week.
Henry Hepburn, an education reporter and sports writer, is slogging through his last few days of training with friend and neighbour Doug Fraser-Pitt, before taking on 26 miles in Nessie country on September 29.
With Henry’s brother-in-law, Johnny Maher, they are raising funds for the Mater Institute of Research and Therapy in Dublin.
Henry and Johnny’s father-in-law, John O’Reilly, was diagnosed in August last year with advanced mantle cell lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer that was only identified 20 years ago and for which there is no cure.
John, father of Henry’s wife Leona, has been treated at the Mater, a hospital as well as a centre of research for new treatments into mantle cell lymphona. John has already received a stem cell transplant, a treatment that only became available a few years ago.
“If you go back just a decade the prognosis would have been very poor, but now there are treatments that – all going well - can extend life by several years,” said Henry (38). “The hope, of course, is that in the coming years more advances will be made.”
For information, or to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/henry-johnny-doug.