A DONCASTER man who underwent gruelling cancer treatment is taking on an epic challenge to raise money for the hospital he credits with saving his life.
Tony Sheppeck, of Cantley, will travel to America later this year with his step-daughter Kimberley to trek across the Grand Canyon – a distance of 50 miles which he will complete over four days.
They will be raising money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
He found a lump on his neck in February 2010 and was diagnosed with cancer following a tonsillectomy at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
He was referred to Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield for further treatment.
Tony began three rounds of chemotherapy and seven weeks of radiotherapy, which left 50 per cent of his saliva glands damaged.
The 51-year-old, who runs his security company, 1st Security Solutions Ltd, now has difficulty eating and swallowing and has to carry a bottle of water everywhere with him.
Tony, a former army physical training instructor, said: “I cannot praise the commitment of all the staff at Weston Park Hospital enough, and the challenge I’m embarking on is essentially to say thank you for the outstanding treatment I received whilst completely in their hands.
“I want to prove to myself that I have overcome the cancer and recovered enough to take on something of this nature. I still experience daily challenges as a result of the cancer treatment, but I am keen to repay the kindness I experienced during my treatment, whilst contributing to the ever increasing need for funds for researching a cure for cancer.”
Tony and 17-year-old Kimberly have already raised over £4,000 for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in six weeks of fundraising.
Their target is £5,000.
Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, which Kimberley attends, hosted a dress-down day that raised £800 and a collection on the doors of Doncaster Racecourse recently raised over £1,000. Salon 15, Tony’s local hairdresser, will be helping to raise funds.
Tony said: “By raising money for a local charity like Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, we are able to see directly where the money goes and how it can directly benefit those who need it.
“I’m really grateful for the support we’re getting from the local community, which will hopefully see us increase the total we can raise for this fantastic cause.”
Log onto http://www.justgiving.com/tony-kim to support Tony and Kimberley in their fundraising.