A dad of three from Chipping Norton is taking on the Cardiff Half Marathon just three years after being diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 45.
Following diagnosis in July 2010, surgery in September and chemotherapy in November, Chris Bray had to take a year off work to recover from his treatment.
He was lucky that his family were completely supportive of him and his children – Tom 18, Meg 13 and Jenny 11 – all took the devastating news ‘as well as could be expected’.
Having been given the all clear it still took Mr Bray some time to feel back to full capacity but as soon as he started to feel stronger he decided he wanted to set himself a challenge.
At the beginning of 2013 he decided to sign up to the Oxford Town and Gown, which was the start of his addiction to running. Following successful completion of the Town and Gown Chris has now signed up to run the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, which provided him and his wife with lots of useful information throughout his treatment.
“I feel really lucky that I am fit enough to be able to compete in the Cardiff Half Marathon,” he said.
“Having weathered that storm I find it easier to be positive and with my three year check up behind me I now want to give something back.
“My wife and I called the Macmillan support line on several occasions and they were really helpful. A lot of the cancer literature at the Churchill and the Horton General [where he received his treatment] is provided by Macmillan. I didn’t realise how much it did.”
Mr Bray is a senior clinical trial manager who works for the University of Oxford Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU).
He was diagnosed with bowel cancer following a large and unexpected bleed. He was operated on and the tumour and surrounding area was removed.
However the cancer wasn’t localised and the lymph nodes had been affected, which meant Mr Bray also needed a course of chemotherapy.
Mr Bray is running in the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday. To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.co.uk/CJBray
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.
For answers, support or just a chat, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 .