“Running For Macca”
David Charles McLeod 13.10.1961 – 3.4.2018
In April 2017 our incredible Dad, Macca, was diagnosed with Grade 4 brain cancer. Dad passed away on the 3rd of April 2018, just one week shy of the one-year anniversary of his diagnosis.
Dad was diagnosed with a glioblastoma- the most aggressive form of adult brain tumour. The median survival time with glioblastoma is 15 to 16 months and as with most brain tumours, the cause of glioblastoma is not known. Brain cancer survival rates are low and have hardly changed in 30 years. It kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer. Despite this, brain cancer receives less than 5% of federal government cancer research funding – and this is why your donations are so appreciated.
During the past year, Dad underwent brain surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He had difficulty controlling movement, had severe headaches, seizures, changes in thinking and personality and difficulties with vision and speech. Despite all this, Dad never lost his dignity, positivity, drive, humour or happiness. He is an inspiration and we are so unbelievably proud of him.
In 2017, we ran the Sydney Marathon and thanks to all your generous support we raised just over $14,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. The marathon and charity is something that is close to our hearts and something that we want to continue on an annual basis in support of Dad and the thousands of other people affected by Brain Cancer.
We decided to take on the Sydney Marathon in 2017 because the last text that Connor sent Dad before his initial seizure in April 2017 was to ask him whether he would want to do the Blackmore's Sydney marathon with him. For those of you who know Dad, you would know that he would have done it with ease.
This year Lucy, Connor, Riley, Meghan and Tina will be putting on their running shoes again and will be joined by our amazingly supportive friends and family Chris, Caitlin, Warren, Lydia and Emma. If you want to join us on the day - we would love to run with you. We will definitely not be doing it with ease, and wish that we could be running it with Dad.
So for our wonderful Dad, Macca, and for people now and in the future who are diagnosed and have to fight the battle of brain cancer please donate.