Cancer survivor from Hadleigh seeks to raise profile of disease with two ambitious challenges
A man from Hadleigh, who has recovered from testicular cancer, is gearing up for two ambitious challenges to raise awareness of the disease.
Rob Harvey, of Stockton Close, underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with the disease last year.
After visiting a doctor, the cancer was successfully removed nine days later.
To help his recovery and regain fitness, the 28-year-old took up running.
Mr Harvey is taking on the Great East Run next month, which he hopes will help to raise awareness of the disease and break down barriers.
“I was diagnosed and went through treatment for testicular cancer last year, so I know how embarrassing and difficult it can be to talk about,” he said.
Mr Harvey hopes the challenge will remove the stigma often associated with the disease.
“I want my run to be used as a spring board for more conversations to be started and to encourage help to be sought if it is needed,” he said.
After completing the challenge, Mr Harvey will attempt to beat the world record for walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
The current record for the challenge is nine days, two hours and 26 minutes.
Both challenges are being dedicated to awareness charity Ballboys, which offers advice and educates people on the issues surrounding testicular cancer.
Mr Harvey explained that running had not been something he was interested in prior to the diagnosis, but it had proven instrumental in his recovery.
“I never planned on being a runner,” he said.
“To be honest, I avoided running as much as possible.”
The sport has now become a big part of his life and he has embraced the social aspects of taking part in community events.
“After being ill last year, running was my way back into exercise,” he said.
“Since then, it has taken over most of my spare time and I now run more miles than I care to count.”
Now in its second year, the Great East Run covers a 13.1-mile route in Ipswich.