FRIENDS: Peter Taylor (right) with his friend Matt Hilton. Peter will run in the Gold Coast Airport marathon in honour of his friend who was diagnosed with cancer.
FRIENDS: Peter Taylor (right) with his friend Matt Hilton. Peter will run in the Gold Coast Airport marathon in honour of his friend who was diagnosed with cancer. Contributed

Mate's cancer battle sparks marathon run

AN IPSWICH man will tackle his first marathon next weekend, inspired by his mate's battle with cancer.

Peter Taylor is taking on the 42km Gold Coast Airport Marathon to raise money for cancer research after his mate Matt Hilton was diagnosed with a malignant tumour last year.

The diagnosis made Mr Taylor realise he couldn't take being young and healthy for granted.

The 24-year-old began training seven weeks ago, with the longest run he's tackled so far being 25km, running the distance in two hours and 22 minutes.

He hopes to finish this maiden marathon in four hours and raise $1500 in the process.

So far he has raised $1100.

"I've always been healthy and active but until my best friend was diagnosed with cancer, I feel that I took that for granted," he said.

"It was so unexpected, one day he bumped his shoulder and doctors found a benign lump.

"Eventually they found a malignant tumour on his bone - doctors say he was lucky he didn't lose his arm.

"It was a big wake-up call that cancer could happen to anyone, even my fit best mate."

Mr Taylor is looking forward to making the most of the experience.

"At the moment I've run 25km and I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"I've always wanted to take part in a full 42km marathon and I'm not making excuses anymore - I'm doing this for my mate and all those other people who are fighting cancer."

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift thanked all Cancer Council Queensland runners for helping the charity's research.

"With the help of our dedicated supporters, Cancer Council Queensland can continue to fund life-saving research and support for people affected by cancer," she said.

The 2013 Gold Coast Airport Marathon is set to be the biggest in the event's history with 30,000 people registered to run.

To donate money to Mr Taylor's campaign go to everydayhero.com.au and search for Peter Taylor.



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