Darwen man's one giant leap in name of charity

Lancashire Telegraph: Michael Morgan in training for the Tough Mudder Michael Morgan in training for the Tough Mudder

MICHAEL Morgan is ready to sweat blood and tears in memory of his girlfriend’s brother, who died two years ago.

Paul Nixon, of Huntington Road, Darwen, died in November 2011 aged 27, having been diagnosed with a rare sarcoma cancer in his thigh.

Since his death, his family have raised thousands of pounds to raise awareness of the disease that killed him.

And Michael, 24, boyfriend of Paul’s sister Leah, has begun training for Tough Mudder, a 12-mile obstacle course widely regarded as one of the most challenging physical events in the country.

Michael, of Bury Fold Lane, is raising money for Sarcoma UK.

The colour mixer for Surface Print in Clayton-le-Moors said: “I have always wanted to do something big, like a marathon, and a couple of my old school friends did Tough Mudder last year and I decided I wanted to do it.

“I have been training since before Christmas by doing the Insanity workout DVDs, as well as running and weight training.

“Having watched some of the YouTube videos of the race and seeing what people go through, I am feeling both nervous and excited about it.”

Michael and Leah were friends before Paul’s death and got together as a couple not long afterwards.

Paul and Leah’s mum Lynn said: “Michael has been very supportive and has helped Leah through a very difficult couple of years and I am very grateful to him.

“To go one step further and put himself through all this in memory of Paul is brilliant.

“Now we just need everyone to support Michael in his fundraising as we raise awareness of this terrible disease.”

The event is on September 13 at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire. To sponsor Michael, visit www. justgiving.co.uk/michael-morgan6 or text TSPC47 £(1,2,3,4,5 or 10) to 70070.

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7:16pm Thu 23 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

great gesture from this decent young man,. makes you realise not all our young kids are mindless yobs,good luck with the challenge and l hope you manage to complete it,,
great gesture from this decent young man,. makes you realise not all our young kids are mindless yobs,good luck with the challenge and l hope you manage to complete it,, noddy57

1:11am Fri 24 Jan 14

myzzy says...

noddy57 wrote:
great gesture from this decent young man,. makes you realise not all our young kids are mindless yobs,good luck with the challenge and l hope you manage to complete it,,
Thank you very much for your kind words noddy57 - I just hope and pray I can do it and not get injured, this challenge is something I need to do to help others in this situation as it is a horrible place to be.
Michael Morgan
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: great gesture from this decent young man,. makes you realise not all our young kids are mindless yobs,good luck with the challenge and l hope you manage to complete it,,[/p][/quote]Thank you very much for your kind words noddy57 - I just hope and pray I can do it and not get injured, this challenge is something I need to do to help others in this situation as it is a horrible place to be. Michael Morgan myzzy

4:46pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Leah26 says...

So proud of Michael taking on this challenge and doing it in memory of my brother Paul Nixon. Michael has been a huge tower of strength for me over the past few years and we all want to support him through his challenge. We are hoping that others will do the same. Doing all these positive events is keeping Pauls memory alive whilst raising awareness of such a terrible disease and raising money for such a worthy charity. Keep at it Michael we are all with you ****
So proud of Michael taking on this challenge and doing it in memory of my brother Paul Nixon. Michael has been a huge tower of strength for me over the past few years and we all want to support him through his challenge. We are hoping that others will do the same. Doing all these positive events is keeping Pauls memory alive whilst raising awareness of such a terrible disease and raising money for such a worthy charity. Keep at it Michael we are all with you **** Leah26

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