David was a tenacious person. As an actor he was not scared to knock on doors. He was charismatic, fun and had a good sense of humour. He drew on all these qualities to fight his disease and so the staff at the Marsden grew to love him.
When David was diagnosed with leukaemia by the local doctor and told there was no cure and to basically go home to die, it was luck that got him seen by the amazing Professor Ray Powles who prolonged his life by two years.
When David was in his isolation room at the Royal Marsden, receiving treatment over a month-long period, he decided to do a bike ride from London to Bristol on a static bike with a fellow patient Jake also in his isolation room. They raised several thousands of pounds.
Then with a fellow patient Peter and his wife Brenda we created the 5’s walk, which I consider to be the forerunner to the Marsden March.
So after two years of prolonged life that the Marsden gave David, it was the natural progression to carry on raising money. My aim has always been to combat this dreadful disease and to keep David’s memory alive, for his two very young children, Alex aged 6 and Katie 4.