Watching his wife and her sister die from cancer spurred Michael Henderson to raise cash in their memory to help others.
Next month he will take part in The Great North Run – his first-ever distance event – with sponsorship going to the planned Forth Valley Maggie’s Centre and Cancer Research.
His son Mark, a student at Forth Valley College will also take part.
Michael (54) lost wife Maggie, aged just 52, on June 7 last year. The couple had moved to Stenhousemuir from Berwick 17 years ago with their children, Mark (20), Rose (22) and Sarah (24).
He said: “Maggie had breast cancer in 2007 and was in remission for four years, but sadly it came back. However, it bought her time to see her family grow up a bit more.
“She fought to her last breath which made me determined to do what I could. The Maggie’s Centre will be in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal where Maggie got so much care. It’s close to my heart.”
Sadly, seven months later, Maggie’s sister Pamela Williams of Larbert died of ovarian cancer.
The sisters were from a family of 14, originally from Newcastle, which made it fitting Michael, a plumber, and Mark take part in the half marathon on September 15.
As well as training with Maddiston under-19s football team, which he helps coach, Michael has been doing some distance running, while Mark took part in last weekend’s Tough Mudder event in Dalkeith.
Michael added: “Maggie was a dinner lady at Carron Primary and it wasn’t until her funeral I realised that not only was she much-loved by her family, but by so many others.”