Cancer patient takes on 1,000 miles and raises over £10,000
In September 2016, Jonathan Booth (36) from Monk Bretton took on a 15 day, 1,000 mile cycle ride from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, despite a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Jonathan was first diagnosed with saliva gland cancer in 2003. Following successful treatment at Weston Park Hospital, the cancer returned in 2007 and Jonathan faced another round of radiotherapy. Sadly, in the summer of 2016, Jonathan was given the devastating news that the cancer had spread to his stomach and liver and was now terminal.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me the cancer had returned,” said Jonathan. “My options are now very limited and the future is somewhat uncertain. But whilst I’m still physically able to do so, I want to set a real example and encourage others going through similar situations to never give up!”
Jonathan climbed on a bike for the first time following his final diagnosis and trained daily at Barnsley Premier Leisure venue Fitness Flex to give himself the best chance of completing the course
“More than anything, I want people to realise what a vital service the hospital provides to cancer patients in our region. The charity plays a key role in enhancing this service so that people like me can access the very best care and support throughout.”