Will completed the Rotterdam Marathon last April to celebrate beating cancer of the liver and bial duct and raised money for CLIC Sargent. As a fanatical Aston Villa fan, he chose Rotterdam for his first marathon because it is where they famously won the European Cup in 1982.
Tragically, a month after the event, Will started to feel dizzy and had a lot of headaches. A scan found four brain tumours, which had been present during the marathon, and despite an eight hour operation on the largest tumour and radiotherapy to shrink the smaller ones, the cancer spread rapidly, and he passed away at home in August.
Now, Will’s identical twin George, his older brother Jim and sister-in-law Sarah, plus 15 other close friends will run the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday, which will conclude two months of fundraising in his memory that so far, has seen them raise over £13,500 for young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
They will be cheered on by a group of over 30 family members and friends, including Will's parents Kate and Erik and his 8-year-old nephew Harry and 4-year-old niece Beth.
George Falck said:
“Will’s passions in life were flying, having gained his commercial pilots licence in America, and watching Aston Villa and the England football team play across europe. He’d travel abroad to watch a match the day after having chemo, even if he was feeling ill.
“Last June, whilst Will was pretty weak, we went to Nice to watch England play Iceland in the Euros, and that was the last game we ever saw together.
“He was the best twin brother you could ask for and CLIC Sargent meant a lot to him. They were a big help, and especially towards the end of his life they made things more bearable by supporting us all emotionally.
“That’s why we’re raising this money in Will’s memory, so that CLIC Sargent can help other young people with cancer when they need it.
“We’ve had 310 donations so far and what is great is the amount of genuine donors there have been, giving away just £5 or £10 from as much as they can afford.”
Jayne Moran, Area Fundraising Manager, CLIC Sargent, said:
"Our social workers, nurses, and other frontline staff across the UK work tirelessly to support young cancer patients and their families through the hardest times you can imagine.
“But we are entirely dependent on donations and none of our work would be possible without people like George and his family and friends, and I’ve loved working with them on their fundraising.
“I am proud that Team CLIC Sargent was able to make a difference to Will and his family during his treatment, and now the money they have raised means that we’ll be able to help many other young cancer patients.”
To donate to George and his family's JustGiving page please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/willfalcks