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Scots man ran 26 miles in dedication to partner's gruelling cancer battle

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A Perthshire man gave his all for 26 gruelling miles and even fought back tears to complete the famous London Marathon in dedication to his cancer fighting partner.

David McLeod, 28, crossed the Buckingham Palace finish line on Sunday after three hours and 48 minutes on his feet in support of girlfriend Ellie Brown who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at just 24 years old.The Comrie native’s outstanding effort has raised over £4000 for the charity that supported Ellie through her toughest moments in her six months of chemotherapy.The couple have been very active and enjoyed many hill walks around Scotland in their seven and a half years together.

However, two years ago, during the summer, Ellie noticed that she was getting more tired during the walks and put it down to her new role as a junior doctor.It wasn’t until she found a lump in her neck that led her to her diagnosis in October 2020 – which turned both of their world’s upside down.

Hodgkin lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body.The main symptom is swollen glands that do not go away, with the main treatments chemotherapy, radiotherapy and anti-cancer medicines called monoclonal antibodies.

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