CANCER survivor Joe Carter knows the importance of Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital.
The 23-year-old from Woodseats has been diagnosed with cancer three times in three years - and has beaten it back each time with help from experts at the hospital.
Now, finally clear of the disease which has dominated the last few years, Joe has organised a fundraising event to give something back.
He dreamed up Chase4Life, a 5km run to take place on Father’s Day next month, as a men’s equivalent to the female-only Race for Life.
Joe was first diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was 20 years old. He underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Weston Park and was told the cancer had been conquered.
But nine months later it was back - this time in his spine.
Treatment beat the cancer into submission again, but in January 2011 he was told it had returned - in both his brain and his spine.
“I finished chemotherapy in May last year and have been clear since,” Joe told The Star.
“I feel good about myself now. I don’t feel it’s going to come back again like I have before.”
Joe organised his first Chase4Life last year, when he was still undergoing chemotherapy, and raised £8,500 for Cancer Research UK.
This year he has changed the event to raise funds for Weston Park Charity, in recognition of everything the hospital has done for him.
“Weston Park is one of the leading hospitals in the country,” he said. “I received all my treatment there and the staff are lovely - they are angels walking on earth.”
Joe hopes this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday June 17 at Abbeydale Sports Club, will beat last year’s total.
“We had 250 people last year and we want more this year,” he said.
Joe, who organised the event with his dad John, 51, hopes others will come along with their dads to celebrate Father’s Day.
n Visit chase4life.org or register at Abbeydale Sports Club at 10am on June 17.