In 2003, Gary’s father died suddenly of a heart attack five years after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Gary describes his father as an active member of the community that loved life. His heart attack came as a shock days after a lively holiday in Dublin.
When his dad was diagnosed with cancer, Gary says his world turned upside down. It affected everyone and his death left a huge gap in his family’s life. Although Gary’s dad wasn’t directly supported by Macmillan, Gary says ‘I remember how the family felt when dad was diagnosed. We were devastated. I just thought to myself, there must be other people who feel like I did and they need support.’
‘When he died, I wanted to do something for my dad to remember him and how he was, as a way of celebrating his life. I also wanted to help other people who are in need of support, that’s when I started fundraising for Macmillan.'