With a little help from his friends
19 July 2016
Gary Cunningham was due to take part in September's Ironman Wales event to raise money for hydrotherapy at Ty Cwm care home where his cousin Rory Rogers lives.
Rory was in a coma and now has ‘locked-in sydrome’ after a single punch on a night out left his brain deprived of oxygen.
Rory recently spoke his first words since the attack and has been responding well to hydrotherapy.
The end of Gary's Ironman dream
Unfortunately, as Gary told The Tenby Observer, while cycling at an event recently, he fell off his bike and fractured his femur.
‘I was 60 miles in at Stepaside turning a sharp corner towards Summerhill, went into the corner and both wheels slipped from under me and I slammed on my hip.’
‘I knew straight away I couldn’t carry on and it was in a bad way, I couldn’t bend my knee or put any weight on my left leg.’
He was quickly aided by the race marshalls and taken to hospital where he discovered the extent of his injury.
‘I’d like to thank the marshals, ambulance volunteers and paramedic on the scene, as well as all of the nurses, doctors and staff at Withybush, my family and girlfriend for their support, all of my friends sending best wishes and also everyone who has sponsored me and who are still sponsoring.
‘Ironman hasn’t seen the last of me!’
Friends in need
Luckily for Gary, his friends have stepped in. Gareth and Rhys Hunt, Geoff Marsh and Adam Aka are going to carry on Gary's great work and will now take on the Ironman Wales in Gary's place.
They want to help Gary and Rory by continuing the fundraising. In fact, they've now surpassed the original target of £3,500 and are now looking to raise £4,000!
‘Gareth and I are going to continue Gary’s good work and help to raise a few quid!’