Marathon man raises $40,000 for cancer research

Colac’s Sam McGuane conquered the “world’s toughest half-marathon” yesterday and raised more than $40,000 for brain cancer research in the process.

Sam McGuane with wife Sophie, right, and Carrie Bickmore.
PHOTO: Instagram.

Sam was part of a team from Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer which tackled Tasmania’s Point to Pinnacle half-marathon.

The former Swan Marsh product, who had a decorated football career which included stints at the Colac Tigers and Western Eagles, was one of the main drivers of the fundraising initiative.

Sam hit $43,030 this morning, after completing the 21.1-kilometre run that took athletes up a gruelling path from Hobart to Mount Wellington.

His individual efforts helped the team raise more than $240,000 for TV personality Carrie Bickmore’s foundation.

Sam, who is the general manager of Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, told the Colac Herald earlier this month about the team’s motive to tackle the run.

“Carrie and I have talked a lot, and what we all want to do when involved in a charity is actually physically do something to suffer a bit for the cause,” he said.

“Brain cancer is still the biggest killer of kids in Australia today and the five-year survival rate is 22 per cent.

“The stats around brain cancer have not changed in 30 years.”

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