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Inspired Julian... the man with a mission.

Byline: Katie Norman

FEW RUNNERS will have as much determination to finish the Cardiff Half Marathon as cancer-battler Julian Dockery.

The 39-year-old decided to take up the challenge on October 19 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support after discovering he had a malignant paraganglioma three months ago.

Julian and his girlfriend Ellen Dacy, who lives in Riverside, Cardiff, both know his future is uncertain, but are determined not to let the diseaseget in the way of his life.

Julian said: "People with cancer seem to be written off. I wanted to show that they can still function normally.

I like the idea of living with cancer rather than dying from cancer."

Julian, a keenmotorcyclist and tango dancer, who is originally from Durham, met Ellen through a friend in March, three months before the primary cancerous growth was detected in his spine.

Having had part of his left lung removed for a biopsy on a secondary growth in July, he is now awaiting further major surgery.

Since the diagnosis, Julian has spent alot of timewithEllen in Cardiff, where he got the idea to complete the half marathon. He said: "I've spoken to my specialist and he says it won't do me any harm but I do take a lot of painkillers before I train."

Julian, who is about to start his teacher-training course in Durham, wanted to thank Macmillan for its support by raising money.

Onhisfundraisingwebsite, he wrote: "Cancer can be a lonely disease. But when you think you are completely alone, when all the familiar doors are shut and your friends are uncomfortable in your presence, there is a light streaming from a door that is never closed, where help, advice and friendship are always available. That door is Macmillan."

Ellen, a mum of two who works as a nurseat Cardiff'sUniversityHospital of Wales, is incredibly proud of her boyfriend.

She said: "He's a one-man mission.

You can't tell him not to do something because that makes him even more determined.

"I think doing the half marathon is great and I'll be there supporting him whether he runs or walks."

Even though they had only known each other for three months before Julian's diagnosis, Ellen had no doubt they would stay together.

She said: "Julian was really honest with me and said 'you can bail out now'. But I couldn't do that. When I'm with him, I don't see him as someone with cancer. He's just Julian."

Thanking him for his support, Macmillan fundraising manager Sue Pickin said Julian was "an inspiration".

To sponsor Julian's run, visit


BATTLE ON: Julian Dockery who is running in the Cardiff Half Marathon
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 20, 2008
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