Wales Coastal Path Challenge

14 February 2024 - 10 March 2024 Wales Coastal Path

Join Craig Maxwell and Friends on their most ambitious journey yet as we strive to create a community united against cancer across the length and breadth of Wales.

From the 14th of February to the 10th of March 2024, Craig Maxwell, Velindre and fellow supporters are joining together to unite Wales against Cancer and take on the Wales Coastal Path Challenge.

Each day of walking offers 30 spaces, inviting participants to raise £500 for the Maxwell Family fund at Velindre and take on the challenge of 26 miles a day through breath-taking Welsh countryside.

Acknowledging the unpredictable nature of his ongoing treatments, Craig will be joined by a different Welsh celebrity every day of the walk, including Sam Warburton, Jamie Roberts, Gethin Jones, and Shane Williams to name a few, so that regardless of his ability to walk, he will have a representative to take on the challenge.

We are calling on you to join us and take on a day of this challenge. Click here to choose the route that’s best for you:

So we hope you can lace up your boots, join hands, and stride forward, not just for ourselves but for future generations.

Cancer has touched our lives, challenged our resilience, but it will not define our future. This event will see people from all over Wales stand united, not just as individuals but as a formidable force against cancer.

We will take on the Wales Coast Path in a 26-day challenge. 26 days has been chosen to mirror the QuicDNA project’s goal of reducing diagnosis time. 780 miles will be walked representing the 78 days it took Craig to receive his diagnosis from the point of finding his tumour, the rest will be cycled.

A match ball will be carried the entire distance of the challenge, symbolising our collective fight against cancer, and it will culminate at the national stadium of Wales, the Principality Stadium on March 10th for the Wales vs. France Guinness Six Nations match, where Craig accompanied by his children, Isla and Zach, will carry the match ball onto the pitch.

Craig’s Story

In September 2022, at the age of 40 Craig was diagnosed with a rare form of genetic lung cancer, EGFR+, which had also spread to his bones.

“With the four words “You have incurable cancer” our lives changed forever and our future was taken away. Tracey and I agreed that we will not let this control the time we have left together as a family.

I will miss my children’s future.

But whilst I can’t be there to give them the support I had planned to with Tracey, I can show them how strong and powerful people can be when we want to make a difference together.” – Craig Maxwell

In the face of adversity, The Maxwell Family were determined to channel their energy into making a difference.

Craig’s story has touched the hearts of many, rallying support that surpassed all expectations. From the initial goal of £300,000, the generosity and compassion of people from all walks of life have propelled the fundraising to an astounding £1 million. This outpouring of support showcases the power of collective action, reminding us that together we can achieve the extraordinary.

We invite you to join us in this crucial endeavour. Your support, whether through donations, spreading awareness or participating in our initiatives, will contribute to a future where the impact of cancer is minimised, and the journey of those facing it is filled with hope.

In the spirit of turning adversity into advocacy, the Maxwell Family Fund was established at Velindre. Our mission is clear—to support and advance cancer research, to enhance diagnosis and treatment in Wales.

Together, let’s champion the cause of the Maxwell Family Fund and pave the way for breakthroughs that will make a lasting difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families in Wales.

When

14 February 2024 - 10 March 2024

Where

Wales Coastal Path

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