A REDDITCH sales manager is tackling a 10K challenge to raise money for a charity in honour of his mum who suffered with bowel cancer.
Shane Simpson, of Astwood Bank, will be taking part in the Vitality London 10,000 challenge on May 30 to support Beating Bowel Cancer and raise awareness of the disease.
The 26-year-old’s mother, Ann, was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy to shrink her tumour followed by a major operation on 2013.
Shane said: “She kept it to herself for over six months before eventually telling my dad. She was so scared, as her dad and brother had previously died from this disease.”
Ann got back on her feet for the next two years but during a routine scan in 2015 her doctors discovered the disease had spread had spread to her lung and she had to go through more treatment and surgery.
After Shane saw what his mum went through he decided to make a life style change, as bowel cancer ran in the family, and lost an impressive five stone which lead him to embark on this new challenge.
“I’m looking forward to running the Vitality London 10,000 run in London to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer. The support we had from them when mum was poorly was fantastic, so I want to give something back. My friend, Natasha Pryce, whose mother was affected by breast cancer will also be doing the run with me and we intend to raise at least £1000.”
The run will start at The Mall and finish outside Buckingham Palace. The route runs through the city of Westminster and London and passes some of its most famous sites including Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s column, St Paul’s Cathedral
Beating Bowel Cancer’s Fundraising Events Manager, Danielle Chamberlain, said: “We’re so grateful for Shane’s fundraising efforts, which will help the charity continue to support those affected by bowel cancer. We wish him the best of luck for the challenge.”
To donate to Shane’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/Shane-Simpson2