'No matter what happens in the derby, I'll be running for my brother on Sunday'

No matter what happens in the derby, Jack Dowling will be running for his brother on Sunday. Jack, a lifelong Everton fan and the club's physical performance coach, will be supporting his team in the highly anticipated Merseyside derby against Liverpool. His older brother Tom, on the other hand, will be cheering for Liverpool from the Kop. However, regardless of the outcome, Jack will be embarking on a personal challenge the next day. Jack plans to run 26 marathons in 26 weeks, with the final race being the London Marathon, to raise awareness and funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tom was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer 18 months ago, motivating Jack to take on this immense challenge. His goal is to raise £32,250, a sum that would fund a Macmillan nurse for 26 weeks. The response to Jack's fundraising efforts has exceeded expectations, with support pouring in from Everton's senior squad and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, who expressed his support in the matchday programme. Jack hopes that his challenge will not only raise awareness for Macmillan but also inspire others to prioritize their health and seek medical attention if needed. He emphasizes the importance of early detection and support for families affected by cancer. The Dowling family's story exemplifies the special nature of the Merseyside derby and the unity it can foster, despite divided loyalties. Jack and Tom's connection transcends football, with their shared love and support for each other shining through. The derby serves as a backdrop for this inspiring tale of brotherhood and resilience.