Turning a family tragedy into hope

Thursday, 31 August 2017

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THREE decades after 'Gentle Giant' George Jamieson carried a beer keg on his back from Lisnagunogue to Ballintoy for Cancer Research, his son Aaron embarked on a similar mission of mercy for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Unlike his father, who had help from a close friend Mervyn Simpson, personal trainer Aaron carried the keg on his own, from Portrush to Bushmills, on Saturday.
The 28-year-old, from Bushmills, was spurred on by his family and friends during the 4.82 mile route; a similar distance as his late father carried a keg, along with Meryvn, in 1987.
After 61-year-old George's body was recovered from a car in Ballintoy harbour on Christmas Eve 2015 his devastated family were determined to turn the tragedy into hope.
Aaron said: "It's 30 years since my father and Mervyn raised awareness of cancer. Cancer affects so many families, friends and loved ones and it was only fitting that the money raised goes to such a heartfelt cause."
He recalled: "My family on both sides have had such heartache from this terrible disease so it's very close to my heart."
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