The human spirit is such a powerful beast, and over past weeks we have seen examples of those closest to our Patient Advocate, Jack Gibson, such as his dear friends @poor_mans_everest, perform extraordinary feats whilst under immense personal duress.

Jack’s passing was always going to be felt far and wide. His special presence touched and continues to touch so many – not just in Australia but globally.

One such person is Nick Kelland. These days Nick is living in New York. Nick was part of “the gang” at Sydney Grammar School, and the friendship dates back to when the boys all began at College St. Nick is now living the dream undertaking an overseas posting in the financial markets.

Nick not only felt the deep loss of Cooper five years ago to osteosarcoma, but this past week has felt the immense loss of Jack, who was a fellow Sydney Uni student and friend.

Nick had planned some months ago to run the grueling New York Marathon and contribute to sarcoma research in the process. On the 6th of November, Nick finished this challenging event, despite feeling the loss of Jack, every step of the race.

Nick’s original target for fundraising for the marathon was $1000, however that was eclipsed in the first week of his campaign and today stands at $4500 and rising by the hour.

We are deeply grateful to Nick for taking on this challenge when it would have been so easy to walk away – and no one would have thought less of him.