Marc had his left leg amputated because of cancer when he was seventeen. The day after he had his stitches out he went swimming and within a year he was swimming quicker with one leg then he did when he had two. His dream was to simply be the best that he could be and just 18 months after he finished his chemotherapy he was selected to represent Great Britain.
He has now retired from swimming having competed internationally for 17 years, winning 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games and a further 21 from either World or European Championships. In the past he has held world records for 200m, 400m, 1500m Freestyle and as well as being part of the team that held the world record for 4 x 100m Freestyle. Marc is now known for his inspiring story which he delivers to companies all around the world. His speech, titled Path to Gold, giving insights into personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and motivation.
'Everything about Bone Cancer is brutal, the treatment, the surgery and the impact on families. When it comes to the care of people with this disease I believe anything thing that can be done should be done. This is why I support the good work achieved by the Bone Cancer Research Trust.'
In 2005 Marc wrote "Personal Best", a combination of his inspirational life story and personal development advice, to great acclaim.
Sir Alan Craft – Emeritus Professor, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University
A Past President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a former Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Member of the General Medical Council, Sir Alan's distinguished career has made him one of the leading authorities on paediatric oncology and child health.
He is in great demand at conferences, not least at BCRT's recent conference where his plain speaking on the impact of treatment for cancer on young people and how procedures and practices need to be improved in the future, found agreement from his audience of patients and supporters alike.
Nick Bones was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 1987 at the age of 14. He spent four years undergoing treatment, with chemotherapy and surgery to replace his tibia and knee joint with a titanium prosthesis. He also underwent surgery for Lung metastasis.
Nick had his leg amputated in 1990 after the cancer again returned, since then he have gone on to do many things including playing football for the England Amputee Team from 1996 to 2003. He's also undertaken 10k runs on his crutches to support BCRT.
Nick was a Trustee of BCRT from 2005 to 2009 supporting and helping the charity grow from its beginnings to the very successful organisation it is today. However, with his family, keeping fit and working full time, Nick felt his commitments needed to go elsewhere.
Nick has always wanted to play a part with BCRT and feels he can continue to do this in the position of a patron.