Mayo woman takes on Marathon in a Month to raise funds to help support people affected by cancer 

A Mayo woman woman taking on the Irish Cancer Society’s Marathon in a Month challenge is encouraging others to get moving to help raise funds to support people affected by cancer and their families.

Susan Mannion from Castlebar has recently started working as a volunteer driver for the Irish Cancer Society bringing patients to and from chemotherapy appointments.

A teacher who is working remotely during coronavirus, Susan said she wanted to help out in her community during the pandemic.

“I wanted to help people who needed it and I am delighted to be able to help with the Irish Cancer Society by bringing patients to and from chemotherapy. The service is a really practical support for people at a difficult time,” she said.

Susan is taking on the Marathon in a Month challenge along with hundreds of others nationwide to raise funds to help support those affected by cancer and their families.

Marathon in a month, proudly supported by Ballygowan, is suitable for people at all stages in their fitness journey – including those who want to tackle that very first kilometre.

Participants have one month to clock up 42kms and it can be done safely within the public health guidelines. You can do it in your home, in your garden, on an exercise bike.

People can link their everydayhero online fundraising page to their fitness app and keep track of their progress as they raise money to help the 40,000 people in Ireland who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Last year almost 1,000 people committed to undertaking a Marathon in a Month, clocking up more than 12,000km and raising more than €130,000 in the process.

Mark Mellett, Director of Fundraising with the Irish Cancer Society said, “We are so grateful to every person who has signed up to take on the Marathon in a Month and we hope to see even more people get involved. Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the cancer community and we are working hard to meet increased demand for our services including our Support Line and our Night Nursing service. None of these services would be possible without the support of the public. There is still time to sign up and get moving this June to support people in your community affected by cancer.”

This year for the first time Marathon in a Month is proudly supported by Ballygowan.

Elaine McCague, Marketing Controller, at Britvic Ireland said, “We are delighted to be supporting the valuable work of the Irish Cancer Society as partners of Marathon in a Month. It is a great opportunity for people to stay active while helping to fund crucial services.”

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