Ian O’Keefe, a sergeant in the Military Provost at HMS Sultan in Gosport, walked 26 miles in nine hours yesterday. In doing so he raised thousands of pounds which will go towards paying the £15,000 needed for the Avastin drug treatment he hopes will extend the time he has left with his family.
Sgt O’Keefe was joined by about 30 friends and colleagues for the walk which started at midnight on Saturday. He crossed the finishing line at 9am yesterday.
After about 20 miles I hit a bit of a wall, it was really hard going and I was struggling”, he said.
“It was very psychologically hard and tiring because I was walking through the night. I kept on thinking that I should be in bed. There was a lot of pressure and towards the end I was so tired and I was really starting to feel the strain. It was certainly harder than I thought it would be but I needed to raise the money and I wasn’t going to stop.
“I’m just not the type of man to give up – I just keep battling on and going until I can’t go anymore.
Sergeant O’Keefe, from Lee-on-the-Solent, found out he had a deadly brain tumour after he went to the opticians with an aching eye. The tumour was removed and he went through months of chemotherapy only to be told that doctors cannot save him.
… the Isle of Wight-based brainstrust has lent its backing, setting up a bank account and offering him advice.
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