Cancer survivors tackle sporting challenges for Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (From Somerset County Gazette)
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Cancer survivors tackle sporting challenges for Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment
TWO cancer survivors from Somerset are preparing to take on sporting challenges to help other people fighting the disease.
One day later – on Sunday, September 22 – Helen Whitcombe, who was diagnosed with oral cancer in October 2011, will tackle the Langport Triathlon.
Both Helen and John will raise money for the County Gazettebacked Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment appeal (SURE), which raises cash for the Beacon cancer centre at Musgrove.
John said: “I will be riding with my GP, my oncologist and the lead radiographer who helped treat my cancer.
“When I was diagnosed 18 months ago, my GP Rob Lewis, oncologist John Graham and radiographer Carl Crouch were all part of the NHS team that supported me – and I discovered they were all cyclists.
“The ride represents my journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. I am very grateful and welcome the opportunity to pay something back in this fun way.”
Helen, 45, from Street, said: “When I was diagnosed, Musgrove did not have the equipment to treat me without damaging large amounts of healthy tissue surrounding my tumour. I travelled every week day for six weeks to Bristol and, though the care I received was excellent, the daily trip left me exhausted.
“I am now in remission and I am showing my support to SURE by competing in the triathlon. Fundraising means fewer patients will have to travel to Bristol for treatment.”
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