Dad runs Great North Run to thank nurses for helping his wife through breast cancer

Paul Carney, who is preparing to do the Great North Run to raise funds for Macmillan after they helped his wife through breast cancer. Paul works at Town Centre Citreon in Castletown, is being supported by his colleagues there.
Paul Carney, who is preparing to do the Great North Run to raise funds for Macmillan after they helped his wife through breast cancer. Paul works at Town Centre Citreon in Castletown, is being supported by his colleagues there.
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A husband will take on a sporting feat to thank nurses who helped his wife through the trauma of breast cancer.

Paul Carney’s wife Victoria was 35 when she was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.

She underwent a gruelling course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Sunderland Royal Hospital, and is now on the road to recovery.

Throughout it all, Macmillan Nurses were on hand to help the family.

To say thank you, Paul, 40, from Castletown, will be taking part in the Great North Run on September 13, as part of Team Macmillan.

He said: “It really helped having someone there to talk things through with and I wanted to do something as a way of giving back.

“My wife is also doing the run. She’ll be doing it for Breast Cancer Care, so I decided to do it for Macmillan.

Mechanic Paul, who is dad to Ben, 11 and Ruby, six, is being supported by his workplace, Town Centre Citroën, in Ferryboat Lane, who have raised more than £50,000 for Macmillan.

Paul is one of more than 20 runners taking on the half marathon as Team Macmillan and the charity is hoping even more people, who already have a place, will join the team.

The team money raised from the Great North Run will be used to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services in Sunderland, from specialist nurses and doctors, to help and advice for people who have financial problems as a result of their cancer.

Fundraising manager for Sunderland, Liz Airey, said: “We would like to say a huge thanks to Paul Carney for joining Team Macmillan, helping to raise funds to help local people affected by cancer.

“The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year and Macmillan wants to be there for everyone who needs us.

“We want to make sure no one has to face cancer alone, but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us.”

l To join Team Macmillan visit www.macmillan.org.uk/running or call 0300 1000 200

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