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Team GP honours Gary in the Great Midlands Fun Run

Team GP honours Gary in the Great Midlands Fun Run

19 June 2015

The 81-strong “Team GP” – which included four generations of the Price family and a dog called Sooty – is on target to raise up to £10,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund by completing the Great Midlands Fund Run on 31 May.

After losing his younger brother Gary (pictured above) to pancreatic cancer in September 2014, Darren Price was touched that Gary’s closest friends organised a party for what would have been his 48th birthday in January this year.

“It was definitely a celebration of his life rather than a sombre occasion,” says Darren. “Gary would have loved it, it was packed out.  He loved being centre of attention, loved his flash clothes, anything expensive, and partying with his friends - in fact in most of my photos of him he’s laughing with a pint in his hand!”

Gary had felt unwell for around a year and doctors had initially suspected a bowel problem. Feeling so ill one day, he drove himself to A&E. His pancreatic cancer was confirmed a few days later. “Out of the blue, he was told he had two to four months to live,” says Darren. “But true to form, Gary immediately set about making the most of his time, cashed in insurance policies and bought himself a Porsche!”

Gary died 7 months after he was diagnosed. “He wasn’t just my little brother; we were business partners in the share of our dad’s electrical contracting company that he passed to us when he retired. I’d worked with him every day since we left school,” says Darren.

Two of Darren’s children had taken part in the 8.5 mile Great Midlands Fun Run in Sutton Coldfield in 2014 after Gary was diagnosed and raised over £4,000 for PCRF. This sparked the idea of getting a team together for the 2015 event, and a few flyers were left around at Gary’s party in case anyone was interested.
Pre-race selfie - Darren Price and family
Says Darren: “I think it might have been the beer, but things kind of snowballed – suddenly everyone was signing up to run. I was a bit shocked that so many unfit people would sign up to do something like that!”

The word spread on Facebook to a wider circle of friends and business
contacts and Team GP kept growing until it had 80 people - and Sooty the dog. It also included four generations of the Price family – with Gary and Darren’s mum and dad Jacqui and Clive, Darren, wife Sally, his three children and two grandchildren all taking part too.

“Losing Gary’s been hard for all of us,” says Darren. “We ran because we loved Gary, we wanted to raise money for research and we wanted people to know that even in this day and age, his chances of surviving this cancer were so small. It’s not right and it needs to change.”

Team GP

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