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About Gareth

The Cookridge Community Run is a 10km race that has been set up in memory of Gareth Dunn. 
For those of you who did not know Gareth, he was an extremely bright, intelligent, and motivated individual with such a loving a positive attitude to life, even in the face of adversity.  He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in History followed by a Masters in European Politics at Kings College London.

Gareth had been accepted for officer training at the Sandhurst Military Academy, however a few weeks having being accepted into Sandhurst he was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in his foot, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. His right leg was amputated from the knee down and he was given a 50 % chance of contracting secondary cancer. Gareth unfortunately contracted secondary cancer of the lungs and was given eighteen months to live in January 2017.Gareth sadly passed away on the 29th October 2018 after a brave and courageous fight with secondary cancer.

One of Gareth’s main passions was sport, both watching and partaking in them. He had applied to join the UK Paralympic Team and was accepted to train in five disciplines in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Despite his adversities Gareth made the most of every opportunity given to him, managing to complete the London Marathon in 2018 despite his debilitating condition, a truly astonishing achievement and testament to the positive and determined outlook Gareth took on life. 

Gareth raised more than £120,000 in just over a year for Cancer Research UK, specifically for Sarcoma research that will help people in his situation in the future. His wish is to continue the already outstanding fundraising work done by friends and family and continue to raise money for this cause in his memory. 
Gareth also set up his blog Chemotionally Unstable when he was given his terminal diagnosis, in his posts he discussed all aspects of living with incurable cancer from treatment and mental well-being to spiritually and fitness. If you fancy a read please visit  https://www.chemotionally-unstable.com/ 

The Cookridge Community 10 km Race will raise money for both Cancer Research UK and OPAL ( Older People’s Action in the Locality), a Leeds based charity which was established in 2002 to support older people within the Cookridge, Tinshill, Adel and Bramhope areas to live safe, healthy and independent lives without isolation 
This short video filmed by Cancer Research in 2017 allows Gareth in his own words to tell you about his story- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hskpB2uXB60&t=19s 

Thank You in Anticipation for your support 
April, Lee, Rhys and Olivia 
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