by JENNY MONROE
a Lisburn man crosses the Edinburgh Marathon finishing line at
the end of the month he will have double cause for celebration.
Mark Clougherty, a 35-year-old father
of-three will not only have just completed the gruelling 26.2
mile marathon for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign, but he will
be celebrating being in remission following his testicular
cancer diagnosis in 2005.
Mark, originally from Clydebank, chose to run
the marathon for Everyman because of his own experience with the
Within a week of being diagnosed he was
having his testicle removed and is living proof that catching
testicular cancer early saves lives.
Mark explained: "I was at the peak of
physical fitness when diagnosed and it was a complete shock when
the doctor told me I had testicular cancer. Having treatment
straight away prevented the cancer from spreading and definitely
helped save my life.
"I really wanted to give something back and
help raise awareness of the disease and running the Edinburgh
Marathon for such a deserving cause as Everyman was the perfect
platform. I just can't wait now for the feeling of crossing the
As well as putting himself through a
gruelling training schedule, Mark's also been busy drumming up
support by organising fundraisers via his children's school, the
football team he plays for, as well as with the help of his
workmates. Everyman spokesman Emma Chambers said: "We are so
proud that Mark has chosen to run the Edinburgh Marathon for
Everyman. He has gone through a course of radiotherapy and come
out of the other side determined to help raise awareness of
testicular cancer. His dedication to training and fundraising
are both amazing feats in themselves and we urge everyone to
support Mark in anyway possible."
If you would like to support Mark's marathon
bid please make a donation at
Everyman is the UK's leading male cancer campaign,
funding research into prostate and testicular
cancer, which together affect around 37,000 men
every year in the UK. For more information visit
www.everyman-campaign.org or call 0800 731 9468.