A Cardiff man is this week undertaking an epic fundraising challenge of six marathons in six days that will end at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - after being inspired by his son's optimism, resilience and bravery throughout his tough cancer battle.
Oscar Rudolf had only just turned five when doctors discovered a cancerous tumour in his pelvis, which was later diagnosed as a soft tissue Ewing's sarcoma.
Since April last year, brave Oscar has endured countless blood transfusions, bouts of chemotherapy and pioneering radiotherapy.
Now his dad, James Rudolf from Lisvane, is giving something back to the charity which helped fund his son’s treatment – by running six marathons in just six days.
All the money will go towards the children’s cancer charity Latch and James started his challenge with the London Marathon on Sunday (April 26).
After conquering the 26-mile course around London, James has now started five continuous days of running from the English capital to Cardiff – approximately 32 miles each day.
Cardiff Blues helped James get ready for his marathon challenge by offering the services of John Miles, Head of Medical Services, and Paul Downes, Head of Strength & Conditioning, during training.
And his epic marathon challenge will now finish at the home of Cardiff Blues this Friday (May 1).
“Oscar is an inspiration. He is my hero. He is my son,” said James. “I've only done two marathons before, but I was very keen to work out a way to give something back. I wanted to do something a little bit different which would grab people’s attention.
“I’ll be joined by family and friends along the route for the five days and arrive back on Friday, May 1, which will be one year to the day since Oscar’s treatment started.”
Within just three days of setting up James’ Just Giving page, the family managed to raise a staggering £10,000 for the cause. They are now over £50,000 and counting.
To find out more and donate, www.justgiving.com/james-rudolf1/
Everyone at Cardiff Blues sends their best wishes to Oscar and we look forward to welcoming James and his family to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park this Friday.
Supporters are invited to come along and welcome James as he arrives at the home of Cardiff Blues.