This Cancer Patient Was Told He Had Months To Live–He Decided To Run A 140-Mile Marathon Instead

Mark Thornberry a 57-year-old man  from Ashtead in Surrey, England wasn’t about to let something like a terminal liver cancer diagnosis stop him from completing the Grand Union Canal a 145-mile run from Whitehaven dock in the North West to Tynemouth castle.   

Thornberry, whose ability to keep running despite his prognosis, has doctors a bit baffled. His doctors had given him a grim prognosis saying in all likelihood he would be dead by March. Here is is August and he is still going strong telling Express UK:

I am still alive! Having ‘beaten’ my original prognosis of six to nine months, I’ve definitely got the medics stroking their chins. I am returning to the Canal ‪on Saturday to run the ‘official’ race – the one I couldn’t do last May due to commencing treatment – 145 miles, but as a single stage, continuous race. 

Also on Thornberry’s agenda is to raise some serious cash for the hospital treating his cancer. He has already raised £80,000 for the King’s College Hospital Charity Fund. You can donate here.

This isn’t the first long distance marathon Thornberry has completed. He previously ran a 100-mile race in the Arizonian Desert and remembers the cries of the coyotes fondly, saying:

 It was so beautiful at night. The most magical thing is hearing the coyotes sing at night. I shouted ‘f*** you cancer’ into a canyon at 3am and the coyotes started to sing back to me.

 Thornberry says about his latest journey:

I am frustrated that I can not be cured but know that every penny I can raise will help the medics better understand liver cancer progression and allow them to treat people like me in the future.

I will not go gently into that good night.

A documentary was made about Thornberry. 

And he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. 

He has many supporters cheering him on. 

 You can donate to Thornberry’s campaign here. 

H/T: Indy100, Express UK