COBH man Trevor Cummins has great motivation in his quest to continue supporting the Mercy University Hospital.
Trevor, 36, a father of two boys, and a Strength and Conditioning Coach, has signed up to take part in the Berlin Marathon on September 29, in aid of the Cork hospital.
This will be his fourth marathon — he already completed the Amsterdam Marathon last year, raising a total of €1,640 for the Mercy Cancer Appeal.
The inspiration behind his ongoing fund-raising for the Mercy is close to home.
“My father-in-law, Phil, was on, occasion, provided with urgent care in the Mercy during his trips from London to Cork to visit his daughter and his grandsons,” says Trevor.
“We are so grateful for everything the nurses and doctors did for Phil, whose life was sadly cut short last summer at the age of 52 following a battle with lymphatic cancer.”
Trevor wanted to support the Mercy Hospital to show his and his family’s gratitude for the amazing care they provided.
He decided to run the Amsterdam Marathon in 2018 in memory of Phil while raising funds for the Mercy Cancer Appeal. He successfully completed that in 2 hours 48 minutes. He’s chasing a faster time in Berlin, where his family will also be cheering him on.
“I hope to better my time complete the marathon in under 2 hours and 40 minutes.”
The Cobh man doesn’t do things by halves.
“I underwent three weeks of altitude training in St Moritz, Switzerland,” says Trevor.
“I did the training 1,800ft above sea-level. It was a big commitment on my part and for my wife, who looked after the boys at home while I was training.
“The boys were going back to school, so it was a busy time for the household.”
Trevor’s family, his mum and dad, his wife, Victoria, and their sons, Alfie, five, and Charlie, four, are looking forward to cheering him on in Berlin.
“Yes, we’re all going for the week,” says Trevor.
“The boys are really looking forward to it. They are older now and they can enjoy the experience.
“When I ran the Dublin Marathon in 2014, and my first Amsterdam Marathon in 2015, they were very young.
“My parents were very fond of Phil too, so it will be nice to make an occasion out of it and get in a bit of sight-seeing while we are in Berlin.”
Everyone is supporting Trevor championing a cause close to his heart for Phil, a man who was close to his heart.
The altitude training will benefit Trevor on his mission to raise much-needed funds for the vital services the Mercy Hospital provides for cancer patients.
“When you come back from high altitude, training feels easier,” explains Trevor.
“Here, you have maximum oxygen; in the high altitude in Switzerland you have very little oxygen. At sea level, training is easier.”
Recalling the 440 mile journey his father-in-law used to make across the Irish Sea from North London to Cobh, to see his family, Trevor said: “Phil was defiant and he wanted to continue on coming over to us for as long as possible.
“He insisted on getting on with his life, even though the writing was on the wall. Life was short and he wanted to make the best of it.”
He got the best possible care in the Mercy Hospital when he had to have medical treatment for his illness.
“Phil always spoke about the caring personal approach of the doctors and nurses at the Mercy Hospital,” says Trevor.
“When the specialist asked him how he was, Phil felt that the interest in his wellbeing was very genuine.
“He got good treatment in London too but down the road we knew things were only being prolonged. Phil felt most comfortable in the Mercy Hospital.”
Phil, far from home, found a home-from-home in the Cork hospital.
“All the staff there made him feel good,” says Trevor, who had a great relationship with his father-in-law.
“We got on great,” he adds. “We often enjoyed a good day out at Mallow Races and at race- tracks in the UK.”
Was Phil into running too?
“He wasn’t a runner,” says Trevor. “But he played cricket at a decent level, at county level. He was a good sportsman.”
Phil was a man of few words.
“He wouldn’t say 20 words when only two words would do!” adds Trevor.
But most of all, he was a family man.
“He cared an awful lot about his daughter, Victoria and our boys.
Trevor cares an awful lot about supporting the Mercy Cancer Appeal in memory of Phil.
“This will be my fourth marathon to date and I’m delighted to be raising funds for the Mercy Cancer Appeal.
“When Phil was ill, we saw first-hand the amazing work by the whole team at the Mercy Hospital and I’m delighted to do whatever I can to give back.
“When Phil became unwell during his visits to us in Ireland, it was such a relief to know that the team at the Mercy were on hand to provide Phil with the care he needed.
“Being able to visit his family in Ireland was so important to Phil and we can’t thank the Mercy Hospital enough for their amazing care.”
Trevor knows that cancer has been part of many people’s lives.
“You know, cancer is the one thing that everybody is affected by,” says Trevor.
“It is a long and difficult road. People on a cancer journey inspire me to do a little bit more running every day.
“It is my small gesture in the bigger scheme of things. And hopefully, I can make a difference.”
Trevor has gotten huge support in his fund-raising efforts. He said: “Cobh Credit Union helped me with my training expenses travelling to St Moritz.
“The support is massive.”
To support Trevor’s efforts, follow @TrainWithTrevor across all social media platforms with all donations being gratefully received at
For more information on the Mercy Cancer Appeal, visit www.mercyfundraising.ie