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Strong support: Kevin Maloney takes part in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge in memory of his wife, Lisa, who lost her battle against cancer in 2016

More than $500,000 has been raised for childhood cancer research by a team that will this weekend take on the Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge in another drive for donations.

Kevin Maloney will be joined by friends and workmates when he runs the Butterfield Mile, the BF&M 10K and the PwC Bermuda Half-Marathon in memory of wife Lisa.

The group is raising money for St Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports research to find cures for childhood cancers.

Mr Maloney, a senior vice-president at Allied World in New York and a regular business visitor to Bermuda, has run in events on the island for several years.

Mankini moment: Mike Almskog, left, Kevin Maloney, Matt Hansen and Ola Pyzik cross the finishing line in 2020 (File photograph)

His wife had stage 4 cancer diagnosed in 2015 and died 11 months later, aged 48.

Mr Maloney said yesterday: “Before Lisa even got sick she and I went down and I ran the Bermuda Triangle for St Baldrick’s to raise some money.”

He explained: “Lisa was not a runner but she was everything — she’d have the bag, she would manage both the start and the finish line.

“She was a one-person support team.”

Mr Maloney took part in other events such as marathons in New York and Boston for the charity, which was cofounded by John Bender, Allied World Reinsurance's chief executive officer.

He said that when his wife became unwell, she told him: “Don’t ever give up fighting cancer. Do it for ever and counsel people.”

Mr Maloney said: “I’m 58 now and I’ll run until my legs fall off; when I can’t run I’ll walk and then I’ll crawl.

“You’ve just got to keep trying.

“The good news about our charity is that every dollar we raise — 100 per cent of it — goes right to St Baldrick’s.”

Mr Maloney and his group, who take part in the challenge under the name Run for Lisa, are approaching $550,000 in total fundraising and more than $52,000 has been donated already for 2023.

A link for donations will be active all year and it is hoped $100,000 can be brought in for St Baldrick’s, which also raises cash in Bermuda from an annual sponsored head shave.

Mr Maloney said about 25 people were expected to wear the team "uniforms“ this weekend.

“We love Bermuda so we try to get all of our co-workers to go down,” he added.

“This year I think we have about eight or nine people coming from the US … then the balance of our 25 team members are people who are either expats working in Bermuda or Bermudians who are all running it with us.”

He said: “We love the Triangle because anyone can do it.

“We tell our people you don’t have to run all three races; you can come and walk the mile and you’re a part of the team.”

The team includes Mike Almskog, a friend of Mr Maloney’s who is also based in New York, as well as Faye Cook, an executive vice-president at Allied World Bermuda, and other employees of the company.

Mr Maloney said it was “unbelievable” — given the extent of his wife’s illness when she was diagnosed — that she was able to battle the cancer for almost a year, thanks to her treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Rockville Centre in Long Island.

He added: “It gave us another year to be together and, yes, we ultimately lost, but there was great glory in the fight and there were times when our cancer numbers were getting better and we were beating it in the lungs and those kind of celebrations are amazing.”

Mr Maloney said: “The best thing in the world to be is optimistic as often as you can be, and Sloan Kettering gave us a chance to be optimistic and I’m grateful for that.

“Also, that’s why St Baldrick’s is so important because St Baldrick’s gives you hope — the research, the experimental treatments, the experimental drugs for cancer.

“To me, for someone who got the speech ‘there’s nothing more we can do’, to be able to give someone else hope, if I can do that, then my life was worth something.”

To find out more or to donate to the team’s efforts, visitstbaldricks.org/fundraisers/RunForLisa2023.

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Published January 10, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated January 10, 2023 at 7:18 am)

Runners raising money to give young cancer sufferers hope

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