Join Rugby man Daniel as he runs 26 miles to fight illness

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A RUGBY man who has cystic fibrosis is running next year’s London Marathon to help other people with the disease.

Daniel O’Toole, 23, has to take more than 40 tablets every day, breathe in special drugs through nebulisers and do physiotherapy to keep his lungs clear.

He is hoping to inspire other people to run the 26.2 mile event on April 21 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by a defective gene that results in the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, becoming clogged with thick sticky mucus resulting in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs and difficulty absorbing food.

Daniel, who works for Lawford Road company Stepnell, said: “I am hoping that anyone in Rugby who has been lucky enough to get a ballot place in next year’s marathon will consider using it to run for my cause.

“I have never done anything like this but it will be a great challenge. Having CF has never stopped me from achieving my goals - if anything it has made me push myself further. Some people with CF would be much too ill to take part in an event like this so I want to use my relative good health to help them. If I can inspire even one person to join me and fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust I’ll be thrilled.”

Money raised by Virgin London Marathon runners will help fund research into treating and curing CF. It will also help provide support, advice and appropriate clinical care to over 9,300 babies, children and young adults living with cystic fibrosis in the UK.

If you have a place in the marathon and would like to join Team CF contact on 0300 373 1100 or email

All runners receive a complimentary Team CF running vest to wear on the day, team e-newsletters, newsletters, support from the race day kerb crews and an invitation to post-run hospitality, complete with masseurs.