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I am fundraising for Nottingham University Hospitals

I am running in the Nottingham Marathon on 13 September 2009 for a charity relevant to my eldest Sister, Yvonne.

Over ten years ago, whilst Yvonne was on her annual holiday with her family in Scotland, she collapsed very suddenly. After spending time in Perth and Edinburgh Royal Infirmaries she was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm (swelling of the artery leading from the heart). A major operation, followed by many months in intensive care and further convalescence, were needed to fix the problem. Back in Nottingham, she had an artificial aortic valve fitted along with over 30 cms of prosthetic artery during a 16 hour operation.

The incredible skill of the surgeons in Edinburgh and then in Nottingham gave Yvonne a further 10 years of active life. In those intervening years, Yvonne successfully regained her health and normality in her life.

She and her family were incredibly pleased when less than a year ago she was told that she no longer needed regular check-ups to monitor her condition and was discharged from the hospital clinic. It obviously came as a massive shock when Yvonne, whilst shopping, collapsed suddenly and died of heart failure at the beginning of this year, aged 58. The heart failure was due to the rupture of another aortic aneurysm which had suddenly appeared.

Yvonne’s eldest daughter, Samantha, is running for the same charity in the Half Marathon which is run at the same time as the Marathon. Samantha detests running but feels that this is her way of raising money in memory of her Mother. This is her first ‘race’ of any kind never mind a Half Marathon. This will be my third full Marathon.

Yvonne’s family stay in Nottingham and have chosen this charity because the money raised is for extra funding for the Surgical Unit at the Hospital which helped give Yvonne an extra 10 years of active life. This is their way of thanking the Surgeons and Nursing Staff.


To make a donation, please visit: www.justgiving.com/gordoncross

About Me

I have become a serious runner, instead of an occasional one, in the last 3 years. I run with a group of dedicated runners at lunchtime from the works running club. I have ran

4 half marathons, 1 kilomathon, and 4 Marathons. My ultimate aim is to break the 3 hour barrier for the marathon.

Current Status

Slow, slow, and slower.

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