Two men who developed a strong friendship as they underwent cancer treatment together are getting set for a charity run to support Weston Park Hospital.
Nick Bartholemew and John Bonser met while receiving treatment for throat cancer back in 2010 and have been great friends ever since.
The pair will take part in the Run in the Park event together at Graves Park on July 12 to raise money for the cancer hospital’s charity.
Sheffield businessman and father-of-two Nick, from Totley, was diagnosed with advanced tongue cancer which had spread to his throat in 2004.
The keen footballer underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy and completed his treatment in October of that year. However, in 2006 he was involved in a serious road accident which damaged the work he had had to his jaw.
Nick, who runs a promotions and print company, said: “After thinking I had overcome cancer, I was once again in severe pain and spent a considerable amount of time in the Hallamshire Hospital. I had further surgery where part of my fibula was taken from my leg to rebuild my jaw for a second time.
“As well as struggling with the long term affects of my own diagnosis, my wife was also diagnosed with breast cancer in the same year. It was an extremely tough time.”
In 2009, Nick completed the 3K Run in the Park despite his doctor’s concerns. He has run it every year since and recruited many others in his ‘Head and Neck’ running team along the way, including John.
Nick said: “Bonser and I ran the 3k together back in 2012 to help support the hospital and charity which has offered us invaluable support over the years.
“I’ve still got a long way to go but with the help and support of my friends and family I’ll make it to the finish line.”
Entries are now open for both the 10k race and 3k family fun run. Register at www.runinthepark.org.uk or call 0114 2265370.