Marathon effort for cancer charity

Alistair and Moira Stockman pictured on their wedding day in April 2007.

Alistair and Moira Stockman pictured on their wedding day in April 2007.

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A father-of-two is to run a gruelling marathon in memory of his brother-in-law who died after a five year battle with cancer.

Alistair Stockman (44), from Eglinton, passed away in December from Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia.

Mr. Stockman, a father-of-two, was a software engineer at Seagate Technology’s Springtown plant.

His brother-in-law, Mark Wallace - who lives in Abu Dhabi with his wife, Nicky, and two daughters, Abigail and Sophie - will take part in the Dead Sea Marathon in Jordan next month.

The Dead Sea Marathon is a popular race attracting more than 7,000 runners from 50+ countries.

Alistair’s wife, Moira, says all donations from the run will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust which researches all blood cancers and is the biggest bone marrow registry in the UK.

She explained: “Alastair had a bone marrow transplant in May 2011 and, initially, it was a success but, due to his low immune system, he acquired pneumonia and was admitted to Altnagelvin hospital on November 14, 2011 and passed away on December 3.”

She says the Dead Sea Marathon will be her twin brother’s first full marathon after running several half marathons.

Moira says that she and her children - Lewis (4) and Lucy (1) - still live in Eglinton but are planning to move back to her home town of Ballymoney in the next few months.

“I can’t thank Mark enough for running the marathon in Alastair’s memory. Also, I’d like to pay tribute to Dr McNicholl and all the wonderful nurses and staff in the Sperrin Room, Sperrin Ward and HDU of Altnagelvin Hospital.”

All donations can be made via https://www.anthonynolanevents.org.uk/MarkWallace

For further information on the Anthony Nolan Trust, go to http://www.anthonynolan.org/