Three Shipston GPs are joining former patient Ben Lindon on a huge physical challenge to raise money for brain cancer research.
Mr Lindon was found to have a major and inoperable tumour in 2008 after he collapsed while running.
Since then he has had radiotherapy and 54 cycles of chemotherapy but is still determined to join Drs David Williams, Tim Marshall and Paul Daniel on the expedition to climb the famous Three Peaks at the end of September.
“I decided the best way to get through the experience and get better, mentally and physically, would be to lead a much more healthy lifestle and to try to help others worse off than me,” he said.
“I began running and different kinds of training. It also helped a great deal to focus me to think straight and push myself forward.
“Also because I had my first, terrible fit while running, I thought it was a good way to bring my experience full circle and face my fears.”
Mr Lindon, 33, a former journalist turned tree surgeon, has done the Brighton Marathon and after the Three Peaks Challenge – when the foursome will climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – he has pledged to complete at least one major challenge a year to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.
The emotional story goes further for Mr Lindon who believed his treatment had left him infertile, but to his delight and that of his girlfriend Kate, the couple have had a daughter, Martha Rose, born a year ago. Since then, he and his partner have become engaged.
“Despite being told the high levels of medicaton and treatment would make me infertile we have had a baby girl, born on September 18 last year. I proposed to Kate this year on a quiet beach in Cornwall on our second anniversary and she said yes!” he said.
“I hope to turn a very difficult, life threatening experience into awareness and funding into research. If I can raise money and boost people’s understanding of a little known and complex issue, my experiences won’t be wasted.”