Competitor Stories – Gareth Cannings


A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Gareth Cannings who took part in the February Chilly 10K with us.

“Our son Jack has a life limiting illness called Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This is a muscle wasting disease which will eventually leave Jack in a wheelchair full time.

We are trying to fundraise £50,000 so that we can adapt and extend our house to allow Jack as much independence movement around the house as possible. We want to make the whole of downstairs wheelchair friendly and also put in a through the floor lift so he can have a bedroom and wet room upstairs. This will provide him with a reasonable quality of life whilst its available to him.  Jacks illness has proved to be extremely aggressive so time really is of the essence.

My friend (Mark Gallagher) and I decided to get fit and raise money by running, as well as other sponsored events. We chose DB Max Chilly 10K as a marker to gauge our fitness and I had set myself the target of completing the run in a 1 hour. I was elated that I ran this in 57minutes and 35 seconds. This has now given me the motivation to keep going and carry on doing sponsored runs to help raise more money for Jack.

We have created a Facebook page called ‘Jack just wants to be’ and this explains in full Jacks story and all the events we have coming up. We would really appreciate any likes, shares and donations so that we can give our little boy a better quality of life.”