Eamonn Touhey's marathon run for Dad
Eamonn Touhey, 20, hails from Formby and is currently studying Sports Physiotherapy at University.
Fit and in good health, Eamonn, decided to run the Liverpool Marathon for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Appeal after his father had undergone major oesophageal surgery on January 24 2012 at this specialist heart and chest hospital.
Little did he realise it at the time, but reaching the finishing line of the Marathon would be one of the most poignant moments of Eamonn’s life.
Eamonn Snr. was critically ill and following his operation which was carried out by Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mr Richard Page, no one could deny that the following months weren’t going to be plain sailing for all the Touhey family. But they had faith and their strong Irish heritage gave them the strength to combat whatever came their way.
Running the Marathon was much tougher than expected but the cheering crowds along the route undoubtedly spurred him on. The finishing line was in sight but Eamonn could not believe his eyes. His father, above all odds, was standing at the finishing line waiting to greet him.
Eamonn has raised over £1,000 in sponsorship for the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Appeal and arrangements were made to call into the hospital before Christmas to present his gift to Mr Page and Christine Bell, Head of Corporate Campaigns.
Arrangements were postponed as sadly, Eamonn Snr. lost his battle with cancer. He died peacefully at Woodlands Hospice on December 24 2012 aged 54 years.
Incredibly, when Eamonn Touhey and his mother Violet visited Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital to personally deliver their sponsorship monies, little did they realise that it was the January 24 2013, exactly a year ago to the day that Eamonn Snr. underwent his surgery.
Eamonn will be joining the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital’s team to run the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday March 17 2013 (St. Patrick’s Day). Every step will be devoted to his father’s memory.
If you would like to sponsor Eamonn or any of the LHCH team please visit the hospital’s website www.lhch.nhs.uk