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 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.”
Visit https://pointtopinnacle19.everydayhero.com/au/sam-mcguane to contribute to Sam’s mission.