Neurosurgeon runs London Marathon in memory of his wifeMonday 24 April 2017
Consultant neurosurgeon Mr Raghu Vindlacheruvu ran this year’s London Marathon to raise money for Breast Cancer Now in memory of his wife who sadly died from breast cancer in 2014.
As Mr Vindlacheruvu explains: “People often forget that doctors can also be patients and relatives of patients. Sadly my wife (Mamatha) died aged 45 years having lost her battle with breast cancer just two years after diagnosis. Despite being a doctor I was unable to help her. She knew that the way forward was through research and undertook some fundraising herself.”
Mr Vindlacheruvu completed the 26 mile run in under four hours to raise more than £5,000 for the charity to help fund vital research into breast cancer as well as support other aspects such as clinical issues, and support for patients and their families. Just this month Breast Cancer Now were credited for influencing the decision in Scotland for Kadcyla being authorised for NHS patients.
Mr Vindlacheruvu said: "Some of it was enjoyable but it was undoubtedly hard work. There was a lot of emotion especially passing famous landmarks in Mamatha’s favourite city but her memory and her legacy - and the fact that potentially so many people may benefit from the money raised - carried me through to the finish line. I have been utterly humbled by the generosity of people and am so very grateful to everybody who’s donated.”
Donations can still be made via Mr Vindlacheruvu’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/raghu-vindlacheruvu1