We are all affected by cancer at some point in our lives. If not personally, we may have a family member, other relative, friend or work colleague who has had to walk or is walking this difficult road.
David’s journey began in 2006 when after months of backache he was rushed into hospital one night because of sudden paralysis from the waist down. Tests revealed a cancerous tumour on one of
his vertebra and emergency surgery followed to remove the tumour and stabilise the collapsed vertebra. David was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma a type of bone marrow cancer. Multiple Myeloma is treatable but not curable. With treatment and physiotherapy David did fortunately recover full mobility and his cancer has been brought into remission.
Over the years David has suffered three relapses requiring treatment, including autologous stem cell transplants in 2007 and 2012. Following his third relapse in 2014, David is once again in remission but continues to receive maintenance treatment to keep his condition under control.
This brief account of David’s experience of cancer is by no means unique. It is an experience many of us will at some
As a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all the care and support he has received from St. James’s Hospital, David is embarking on a 5 day Grand Canyon Trek on 16th September following the ancient Indian trail to the Havasupai Reservations. With your support, he hopes to raise vital funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
The Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James's Institute of Oncology
provides specialist medical equipment, research and development and 'home comforts’ and supplementary benefits for about 2000 cancer patients each day.
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