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Dan makes his dad proud by completing half-marathon - and raises over £800 for Macmillan

By Ely News  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

  • Daniel Regan running the Cardiff Half Marathon

  • Daniel Regan, centre, with his dad, left, and brother, right

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A hypnotherapist inspired to don his running trainers to make his dying father proud has raised more than £800 for charity.

Daniel Regan, from Ely, found out that his dad, Michael, had lung cancer around two-and-a-half-years ago.

But despite battling through intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the cancer spread and Michael, from Cardiff, is now terminal.

Earlier this month, 39-year-old Daniel took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He hoped to raise approximately £500 for the charity but has, to date, raised £815.

He said: “I’d like to thank each and every person who has sponsored me.

“I never thought I’d manage to raise so much and this really will help Macmillan continue with the amazing work they do.

“The run itself went really well and I completed it in 1 hour 30 minutes 39 seconds.

“It was emotional as Cardiff is my dad’s home city where he has lived all his life.

“He was far too ill to be there on the day but when I finished it, I went to visit him and showed him my medal.

“My dad has lung cancer. It isn’t treatable anymore. Since the cancer came two-and-a-half-years ago, I’ve watched my dad fade from an active, happy person to someone at the mercy of cancer.

“I chose to raise money for Macmillan as the nurses at Macmillan have been helping my dad and supporting my mum to care for him.

“He was really touched when he found out how much money people had helped me to raise for the nurses.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/DanReganCardiff to make a donation.

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