Magnús Gudmundsson, a 33-year-old former store manager at N1, lost his fight with leukemia on Tuesday. He was the top contestant in the initiative ‘Moustache March’, which is intended to raise funds and awareness of cancer among men.
The top six contestants. A screenshot from mottumars.is.
“He was determined to participate and he was going to nail it. It was all or nothing with him,” Gudmundsson’s fiancé, Ingibjörg Ragnarsdóttir, told Morgunbladid. His goal was to raise ISK 1 million (USD 8,700, EUR 6,200) in funds.
“It was in fact a little funny because he had been on a strict chemical treatment and didn’t have any hair but at the end of February a thin moustache started appearing. It was like a sign that he should participate,” Ragnarsdóttir added.
She describes her fiancé as an eternal optimist who enjoyed life and faced all challenges head-on. “When he was diagnosed he announced immediately that he would beat this and celebrate his victory in the Bahamas in 2012.”
The fight was tough but Gudmundsson took every setback with stoicism. “He never doubted that he would beat it and when I was scared it took him five minutes to turn me around.”
The day after Gudmundsson entered the competition he was transferred to intensive care. “I notified him when he had passed the 300,000 krónur mark. He was on a ventilator but he smiled and was incredibly happy.”
It was their joint decision that he would finish the fundraising competition even if he lost his battle with cancer.