A CANCER survivor will be taking on a charity run this summer raising money for the health care teams who helped him beat a rare form of the disease in his throat and tongue.
It will be the third time Nick Bartholomew has taken part in the 10km Run in the Park, organised by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
He will be joined by a team of staff from the head and neck support group at Charles Clifford dental hospital, and the money raised will be split between the group and Weston Park.
The 51-year-old suffered from a rare form of throat and tongue cancer and underwent surgery to remove tumours from his tongue, neck and shoulder.
His jaw was then rebuilt using bone and muscle from his lower leg and he also underwent seven gruelling weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Nick received the all clear in 2009 and is now in remission.
The dad-of-two from Totley said: “This will be the third time I’ve taken part in the run. I started by walking the 3km run in 2009, and then last year entered the 10km and ran half and walked half.
“This year I hope to complete the race by running all the way to the finish line.
“I feel honoured to run alongside the team, including Dr Afshin Yousefpour, who performed the life changing operation.
“I owe a deep debt of gratitude to both hospitals which provided me and my family with excellent care and support.
“My life is now finally back to normal, and this run will hopefully raise money for two fantastic charities so that they can continue their work and receive the recognition they deserve.”
Lyndsey Raynor, fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “Nick is a remarkable inspiration to us all – not only competing just once in the run, but three times, improving year upon year.
“I would urge everyone to follow Nick’s led and sign up for either the 10km or 3km fun run to help us raise as much money as possible, so together we can make a real difference.”
The event is being held on Sunday, July 10 through Graves Park.
Visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk for more information.