A Marathon for Bile Duct Cancer

In July 2021, Darcy Vipond completed the 42km Traralgon Marathon in VIC in support of bile duct cancer research. Thanks to his incredible fundraising efforts he raised over $3,000!

In 2018, Darcy’s partner, Michaela, devastatingly lost her mother to Cholangiocarcinoma – a rare and aggressive form of bile duct cancer. In a sad turn of events, in 2020 Michaela also lost her grandmother to the same cancer.  Both her mother and grandmother were not blood-related and their losses were felt by both sides of her family.

It was for this reason that Darcy decided to complete a marathon to support further research into the cancers that have greatly affected his and Michaela’s lives.

Darcy at the finish line

“Witnessing first-hand the impact of this disease on Michaela and her family has given me more motivation to complete my own marathon. In order to show my support to Michaela and her family I thought it was a great opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for further research into treatment and a cure for Cholangiocarcinoma and GI cancers.”

Darcy originally signed up to complete the Gold Coast Marathon in early July, but due to COVID-19, the event was sadly cancelled. Not letting that dampen his spirits, Darcy decided to run the Traralgon Marathon in his home state instead and finished in just under 4 hours!

What an incredible achievement!

We are so grateful to Darcy and the Bidmade family for their constant support.

Click here to read about Michaela’s 2020 Marathon in Bendigo for GI Cancer research.