On Saturday evening 9th November 2013 James went to hospital with stomach ache. Later the surgeon would comment that he was surprised that James had managed to walk in. James underwent lengthy, emergency surgery and woke up to the unexpected diagnosis of bowel cancer with secondary tumours on his liver. Although the prognosis was always optimistic, the treatment involved three major operations, 24 weeks of intensive chemotherapy, and a huge amount of stress not only for him but for his family and friends too. The treatment lasted 18 months which meant 18 months with no income! Macmillan Cancer Support were always there for him from the very beginning to provide support in so many aspects of his life, making the recovery process that little bit easier, and that little made a lot of difference. James commented, "I am one of the lucky ones, and without the help of fantastic organisations such as Macmillan, life would be much harder for those like me, and for the families of those who are not so fortunate in their own fight. The support they provide is vital to so many, and if we can raise enough for them to help just one person, to pay one gas bill, or buy one winter coat then, trust me, it will make all the difference". The good news is that James has made a good recovery, and last summer raised over £3000 for Macmillan by cycling 1300 miles across Europe. Now, as his family, we have an opportunity not only to thank Macmillan, but to help them to support others who suddenly find themselves in this difficult position.