In September 2016, Toby, one of the nicest guys (and keenest cricketer's!) i have ever met had his world turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Appendix cancer.
As a valued member of Wilmslow Cricket Club the news shook all players, members and parents with everyone immediately questioning why something so awful can have happened to such a top guy. Not only did he play in the 1st XI but he ran the junior section almost single handedly and as cliche as it sounds it was just not fair!
Despite having to go through 12 rounds of chemotherapy, several operations and eventually life saving 'Hipec' surgery, at no point during the whole process did he refuse to give up when the odds were against him. I was blown away to witness first hand when sat in the Christie with him during his chemo treatments and even straight after his major operation, just how positive he was! To see someone be so brave and just outright refuse to be beaten was truly inspirational.
Just 2 months ago after his successful high risk operation and a couple of follow up rounds of Chemo, Toby received the amazing news that he had defied the odds and is now CANCER FREE!!
Throughout the whole process, the incredible support from all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Christie was second to none. The work they did for Toby and the thousands of others who are treated at the Christie every year is unbelievable and they deserve so much credit!
Unfortunately, i plan to repay that credit to The Christie by voluntarily running 13 miles of hell but in reality what is 13 miles in comparison to what my mate Toby had to go through. So please give generously for such a good cause as there is nothing i would love more than to raise £500 (at least!) come the day of the run!
Toby - I can't wait to step out on to the field with you again come April.
You are a true inspiration.