A lymphoma survivor is pushing himself to the limit in a bid to beat blood cancers and help the charity which supported him.
James Moran, 26, of Priory Chase, Pontefract, is preparing to run the London Marathon to raise funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity that supported him through his treatment.
He was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in November 2010, aged just 22, after finding a small lump in his neck.
Mr Moran visited his GP who told him it was more than likely glandular fever and that the lump should go down within a few months.
Five months later, with the lump still there, he was referred to the local ear, nose and throat clinic where he had a throat and needle biopsy.
He added: “When collecting my results, the possibility of cancer never even crossed my mind.
“I sat in front of the doctors with my wife, Caroline, as they broke the news that I had Hodgkin lymphoma. We were both devastated.
“The news was by far the toughest challenge I have ever had to face but thanks to the work of the amazing Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity, who not only supported me through my illness but whose research also led to the development of the treatment used to rid me and many others of this disease, I am able to say that I have beaten blood cancer.”
Mr Moran was told he was in remission in November 2011 after six months of chemotherapy and a month of radiotherapy.
He said: “I now have a real new appreciation for life and am determined to run the marathon and support the charity to keep helping others to overcome blood cancer.
“It has been a tough few months of training, working and looking after my three children, and my wife, who is pregnant with twins. I’m looking forward to the challenge and am as ready as I’ll ever be. It will be worth every second to give something back to this amazing charity.”
He will take on the 26.2-mile London Marathon on Sunday, April 13.
To help James raise his target of £2,000, visit www.justgiving.com/jamesmoran2