Cancer survivor and running novice Sam Heatley will take on his local Sheffield 10K to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Cancer survivor Sam Heatley, from Sheffield, is taking on his local Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday 23rd September.
By his own admission Sam Heatley could not be described as a natural long-distance runner.
“I honestly thought you would be more likely to see an elephant fly than me doing a long distance run,” he says.
But in just a matter of days the 37-year-old father of one will join thousands of other runners on the start line of the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K.
He is taking part to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity that helped him after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer late last year.
Writing on his Just Giving page, Sam, who lives in Lodge Moor, Sheffield, said: “Towards the end of 2017 I noticed a lump in one of my testicles - typically I was too tied up in work to get it checked out initially.
“However, I eventually went to the doctors for a check-up. Within a week I had an operation to remove the tumour and the biopsy results showed I had cancer. It's pretty devastating news to hear. A decision was made that I'd need to go through chemotherapy to ensure that any remaining cancer cells were defeated.
“I've got to admit it was a tough time - but with the support of my family, close friends and Macmillan I just got my head down and ploughed through it. I'm now six months post chemo and have no signs of cancer.
“It's a weird thing to say but for me getting cancer has had a positive impact on my life. It's given me the opportunity to think about what's truly important and how I want to live the rest of my life. It has also given me the chance to learn how strong I am. TS Eliot said ‘if you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?’”
Sam is grateful for the support he has received from Macmillan.
He told Run For All: “The Macmillan charity is important to me because I've realised the majority of the battle with cancer from a patients perspective is mental. So Macmillan provides the support and information that you need, but also importantly what your family and close friends also need.”
Raising money is not Sam’s only reason for taking on the challenge.
“I want to prove to myself that I'm better and stronger now than I ever was before.”
Sam’s fundraising can be supported through his Just Giving page.