21-year-old Adam Harvey and friend Thomas Davis-Smith are raising money for Big C and Parkinson’s UK, in memory of Adam’s father who died from bowel cancer, and Thomas’ grandmother who contracted Parkinson’s disease.
The pair plan to walk a marathon on 5 June, inspired by their socially distanced walks during lockdown, helping the two charities which are close to their hearts.
Adam wanted to help raise money for Big C as when his father died unexpectantly in June 2011 after a number of years of unexplained health conditions, the Big C was there to support him and his family.
Adam said: “In September 2011, my whole world was turned upside down when my Dad passed away from bowel cancer. He was only diagnosed with the disease 2 months before his passing- and yet had been suffering from unexplained health problems for over two years before. This was naturally a very difficult period, but one support network that I and my family will forever be indebted to is the Big C.”
Adam was just 11-years-old at the time of his father’s death. He expressed his thoughts were confusion and utter disbelief at the time. He says his life changed dramatically from then on. “It was a difficult subject to discuss with friends, with many seemingly unaware of what was going on in the background or those who did not know what to say. It led me to suffer with stress related health issues usually not attached to a teenager but I was equally determined to not let it stop my achievements at school and in life in general.”
A decade ago come June 2021, his dad’s funeral raised £4,000 for Big C, so Adam decided it was fitting to tackle a fundraising challenge in aid of his memory on the ten year anniversary and help the local charity that helped support his family and friends during and after his father’s death.
Adam added: “So with this year marking ten years since his passing, I have chosen to do this walk in memory of him to try and raise some vital funds for Big C, which will help those going through similar situations. In the dark times I have suffered since losing him, my motivation has always come through – making him proud. If we achieve our target, I would feel I have done this. So any donation you can give would mean the world to me but also to anyone who has benefitted from the support of Big C.”
Their marathon will take place on Saturday 5 June starting from the Parkinson’s UK shop in Loddon, walking to the Big C shop in Norwich, and then to Thurton Primary School, where their friendship was forged. To donate to their fundraiser click here.