Monday 24th July 2017

Yorkshire and the Humber

 

Just over 2 years after finishing his treatment for leukaemia on our unit at St James's University Hospital in Leeds, Eddy took on the highly demanding challenge of the Bolton Ironman; swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles - the distance of a marathon. Speaking soon after his Ironman triumph, Eddy said:

It was incredible. I actually enjoyed it. It's a long day but the support was incredible. Whenever I started to find it hard I remembered how far I have come and that I have felt a lot, lot worse.

To date Eddy has raised a whopping £9,593.06 to support other young people with cancer.

Help Eddy reach his £10,000
fundraising target on JustGiving

A couple of days before his challenge, Eddy reflected on his cancer experience and his amazing progress in regaining his fitness, posting a photo on Instagram along with the caption:

"I had no right to be smiling in the left photo. My world had been turned upside down and I had no where to run. I was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukaemia on the 5/05/2015. The day I arrived at Leeds St James hospital, 30 percent of my blood cells were cancerous. I am extremely lucky to have survived 4 cycles of chemotherapy and to be cancer free now. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the incredible doctors, nurses and the Teenage Cancer Trust. I am taking part in the gruelling IRONMAN UK challenge on the 16 July 2017 to raise as much money as I can for this amazing charity. If you don't know what an Ironman is, it's a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run. Without stopping! Please, donate as much as you can. Every donation counts."

Eddy was diagnosed with cancer in May 2015 when he was 20 years old. 

Initially treated at York Hospital, he made the decision to move to our unit in Leeds where he experienced our specialist services and facilities including: a Youth Support Coordinator, social activities such as pizza nights, pottery and baking, having WIFI and the ability to have visitors to stay the night.

"The most important thing that Teenage Cancer Trust did for me was to give me an escape. Even for just a few seconds. They distracted me from what was really going on." Read Eddy's story in full...