By Daniela, Paul's wife
‘Paul always loved sport and even when he was in remission he did 10k in Regent’s Park with our daughter Laura. They ran together and he was determined to finish.’
‘Before he was diagnosed he was very fit and healthy. He was an amateur triathlete and travelled the world with his job. But in early 2007 he started having back aches so we went to the doctors. After tests they found he had Ewing’s Sarcoma. It was a profound shock – he looked so well we couldn’t believe the diagnosis was right.’
‘He had two rounds of chemo. At first this did shrink the sarcoma but the side effects were that his white blood cell count plummeted and he couldn’t continue. He volunteered for new drug trials but became very ill. As a last resort, he was offered chemo again but he would have been too weak and wanted to spend the last months at home with us. He didn’t want to die in hospital; this is something he was very clear about. It was his choice to die at home.’
‘Eileen Hogan, our Macmillan nurse, was so amazing. In the last six weeks she was there all the time and really prepared us as a family. She made Paul’s death a good death.’
Running for Paul and Macmillan
Paul's family running together
The family: (L-R) Laura, Luke, Daniela, Paul, Katie and Frankie
‘We wanted a positive way to give back to Macmillan. That’s why we did the 10k on Father’s Day. Paul was so positive we wanted to do it as a family for him.’
‘I’m not sporty at all but we’ve all done the 10k for the last four years – myself, our daughters Katie and Laura and sons Luke and Frankie. Katie’s friends joined us last year as well.
‘It’s amazing how it’s drawn other people in. We started just running as a family and look where it is now.
‘Paul would love how much the event has grown. He was a showman and always wanted to get the message out about his cancer experience through his work or with his blog.’
‘We really like that it’s on Father’s day too – it means we don’t sit at home and we’re doing something positive and celebrating Paul’s life.’