Run for life is cancer survivor Simon Bush’s London Marathon 2015 challenge. Run for life is so much more than a marathon. It is a driving force. Run for life is Simons way to say thanks to a life of fitness that helped him survive cancer. Run for life is how Simon helps others get a cure when desperate news hits. You can make a difference too. Run for life donations go directly to Cancer Research UK. Simon is dedicating his marathon run to his mother, who got her cancer diagnosed in 2012. One year later Simon got the same terrible news. Run for life is about inspiration, motivation and real drive to survive to help others. Run for life is your opportunity to make a difference. Every cent counts. You can help Simon run for life: his life, his mother’s — for cancer victims, survivors and suffers around the world. London Marathon 2015 is Simons Run For Life – Let is be yours too!
Run for Life: Simon Survived Cancer
Simon has always been fit. He was a Ski Instructor, and then trained to become a commercial Pilot. He has always been a runner, and enjoys a healthy, active lifestyle. That he would get cancer seemed unbelievable, but cancer can happen to anyone. Fitness and lifestyle can have a major impact on your survival.
Simon says: Being fit will not stop you getting cancer but it will sure make it a lot easer to deal with.
Simon got his prostate cancer diagnosis in July 2013. Simon and his Doctor are convinced that his healthy lifestyle helped battle the big C in combination with hormone treatment, 18 weeks of chemotherapy followed by 7 weeks of radiation therapy. Simons absolute drive not to give up spurred him on during chemo and radiation treatment. He ran, ate the occasional post chemo steak, but mainly stuck to his vegetarian diet. Overall mental awareness, meditation and running took Simon through chemo into brighter days – his health numbers responded to the aggressive treatment in combination with a sound lifestyle.
Simon says: While going through chemotherapy I found meditation a huge help. Although I had done it for years I found it harder to relax and ended up using the Headspace App to help focus the mind. Two interesting points: The year before diagnosis I virtually stopped eating meat. I just went completely off it, and all I wanted to eat was vegetables and fruit. The third day after chemo I had a craving for steak and went out and bought a huge steak….lol. Now I eat a mainly vegetarian diet again.
Also while doing chemo I could not drink enough water: some nights I was drinking 15 mugs of water a night!! I have found hydration to be hugely important to my energy levels.
My goals through the process was to keep active and doing things to the best of my ability: I went to exhibitions, museums and art galleries. I went walking, ran and cooked. I never once spent the day in bed.
Run For Life: London Marathon 2015 Challenge
One year on – Simon was given the all clear on the same day the London Marathon went through in 2014. Seeing the runners gave Simon a new goal: ‘Run For Life‘ was born. A dedicated run for others that may get a cancer diagnose one day. Simon aims to collect £ 5,000 to contribute to Cancer Research UK as real hope of survival comes with increased funding for research.
Running has always been part of Simons life, and a healthy lifestyle part of who Simon was. With a body ravaged by chemo, and the shadow of his mothers cancer hanging over him, it was not an obvious choice to start a full on training schedule. The decision to run the London Marathon 2015 gave Simon hope, a goal and renewed energy.
Simon says: I saw the London marathon when I was finishing radiation therapy and thought that will happen again in 1 year….so I have a year to get fit enough to do it. Enrolling gave me the motivation to get fit again and it will help others. Also I wanted to dedicate the run to my mother and other friends who are also battling with cancer.
Run for Life: Making a Difference
Run for Life is Simons motto to collect funds for Cancer Research UK. You can make a difference by donating too. The GOODista team have contributed as we know that every cent, euro, penny and pound will make a difference. Research will bring a cure to cancer one day. We need real belief and Simon brings hope, motivation and inspiration – which fuels The GOODista team to do everything we can to help him reach his goal.
Simon says: I have a deep belief in living life and in trying to help others lead as full-filling lives as possible. Even when it doesn’t seem possible. Supporting me is about helping people who in the future will get cancer. You can find out that you, or a loved one, has cancer at any time. The treatment you get will make the difference between life and death. By giving you are helping me to help others.
Run For Life: How YOU Can Make a Difference
This is how you can make a difference:
- Donate to Simons Run For Life in support of Cancer Research UK here: www.virgingivingmoney.com
- Donate via The GOODista JustGiving.com page: www.justgiving.com/RunForLifeSimon
- Share this story with as many as you possibly can. Ask your friends to make a difference to! Tweet, Share on Facebook, Pin It. Help make Simon’s Run for Life go viral. Every cent counts to beat cancer!
Run For Life: Training For London Marathon 2015
Simon is back to his professional flying career, and on tour he runs as soon as he touches down. Work, run, eat, sleep, run, work….
Simon says: Time off is running, eating, sleeping…tough but not impossible. I am training to run the London Marathon on April 26th 2015. It’s a big challenge as it will be one year after I completed treatment. I will be running for Cancer research UK trying to raise £5000 to help others get a cure for their cancer as others have helped me.
Having London Marathon in his sights spurs him on, and the real reason for running is not just to say thank you for the healthy lifestyle that helped him through a narrow corridor into a very real goal: Life.
Run For Life: ‘Don’t Put Stuff Off’
Simons real reason for running the marathon in London on 26 April 2015, is about so much more: It’s about giving to You, Your neighbour or Your mother who may one day hear dreaded news.
Run for life is about sharing the hope that surviving cancer is possible, and real scientific research for a cure a must.
Simon says: I learnt from my Cancer that life is fragile. Now I try to make the best of every day and tell people I care about them. I try not to put stuff off.
Don’t put stuff off! Share this story – Donate to Simon’s Run For Life:
- Give money to Simons page here: www.virgingivingmoney.com
- The GOODista JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/RunForLifeSimon
The GOODista team is dedicating this story to Simon, his family and friends — and to anyone who needs hope and inspiration. If you have an inspirational story to share, let us know. Feel, Be and Do Good by sharing lifestyle changes that make a difference!
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Recommended and Related:
- Lifestyle Changes and Cancer Prevention – Cancer Research UK
- Official Site of Cancer Research UK
- Official Site of London Marathon 2015
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Dear Goodista, thank you for inviting us to share in Simon’ s story. So impressive, and inspiring and definitely a struggle to support. I will share it too, with as many friends that I can think of, by sending them your story!
Thank you. Inspiring life stories that give us motivation, and lift our eyes beyond our ‘everyday’ issues makes us better in so many ways. By supporting Simon you support others that may get cancer one day. Thank you for sharing this with as many as you can think of. Cheers, The GOODista