Megan & Marina’s Ultramarathon for Rare Gynaecological Cancers & Gestational Trophoblastic Disease

Megan & Marina share a love of running,

and discovered a surprising connection one day while out on the hills.

In 2010 Marina was diagnosed with Choriocarcinoma, a rare and life threatening complication of pregnancy, a type of Gestational Trophoblastic Disease. She was successfully treated with chemotherapy under the care of the specialist team at Charing Cross Hospital in London. In 2012 Megan was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy, but unfortunately developed a very rare complication and care was transferred to the same specialist team at Charing Cross Hospital. Megan has undergone several surgeries since and remains a patient under this team.

In June of 2023, Megan & Marina took on an incredible challenge to raise funds for the research undertaken by CTRT at Charing Cross Hospital into GTD. Running 106 miles across Scotland over two days without sleep or breaks, their determination to raise funds spurred them on in temperatures of 30 degrees to complete their challenge. Although Marina succumbed to the heat at 95 miles, we are so proud of these two fantastic fundraisers who raised an amazing £3,600 in donations from supportive family and friends to enable our vital research into treatments for GTD to continue.

“It was brutal -mentally and physically with almost 16,000ft of elevation over mountainous terrain in 30 degree heat and sun. We are overwhelmed with the support we received throughout the race. People tracking our dots day and night from all over the world!”


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