Hugh Graham has set himself an 11-week challenge where he will run at least 400 km to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society (ICS).
Hugh Graham takes on 400km running challenge in aid of Irish Cancer Society
By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy
Hugh Graham is a 20-year-old student of the Shannon College of Hotel Management who is from Ballyneety, Co Limerick. Hugh has set himself an 11-week challenge where he will run at least 400 km to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society (ICS). Elite FX, a company that trains in the buying or selling of currencies located on O’Connell Street, Limerick, has been kind enough to sponsor Hugh on his 400km journey.
The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is the national charity dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem and improving the lives of those who have cancer. They offer free information and care to patients and their loved ones. They also fund cancer research to find better treatments that will save more lives. However, the key goal of ICS is stopping cancer before it starts, and so they run programmes designed to raise awareness of cancer symptoms, increase cancer prevention, and to help people make lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of cancer.
In Ireland, over 40,000 people every year get cancer, an even higher number of households are affected by cancer every year. With the coronavirus pandemic making life harder for everyone it has severely impacted the lives of people living with cancer along with their family members and their careers. It has also severely affected the usual fundraisers that ICS can do to raise money for their important services.
Hugh will be doing this over a series of eleven weeks and Hugh’s final run of his challenge, which will take place on November 17, will be a half marathon. Hugh has little to no experience with running and currently has not surpassed the 130km mark. He is following an eleven-week running plan that he found on the internet and will be posting his progress on his social media.
Hugh is dedicated to this challenge and is determined to complete this challenge no matter what. He turns 21 on the last day of his challenge and is determined to start the beginning of his twenty-first year by creating a bigger and better impact on this world.
Hugh would appreciate any donations, saying, “This means a huge amount to me to prove to myself that I can push my limits and the impact that can be made collectively. I am doing this for each person in Ireland who is going through the pain and hardship of cancer currently. I am calling on each person that is in the position to donate what they can and let’s together make a difference to their lives and ensure they can continue to get the support that their families’ need.”
We at I Love Limerick wish him well on his 400km journey.
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