John Leeson


Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the oldest and most well-known teaching hospitals. Our areas of specialisation include: cancer, cardiovascular services, kidney and urology, sexual health services and dermatology. We are home to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. We also provide a wide range of community services in Lambeth and Southwark to children, adults, older people and those with learning disabilities. With your help we can offer medical care that is second to none.
The Chartwell Cancer Trust
The Chartwell Cancer Trust raises funds to pay for additional medical staff at the Chartwell Cancer Unit, The Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent. It helps to provide the best possible treatment and care for cancer and leukaemia patients.

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For my next challenge, I will be running across the hills at the Beachy Head Marathon in Eastbourne on 28th October 2017 and hoping to raise money in the fight against cancer.

I last completed this marathon four years ago and I managed to finish in just over 5.5 hours.  I believed, as I was running, that I had won the battle myself, after two major operations on my bowel and liver and a dose of chemotherapy for good measure.

However, a month after completing the challenge, I was to learn that I needed further surgery on my liver.  This was a tough time for us all but we managed to stay positive, knowing that I was as fit as I could be for the surgery and also that I was in the best possible hands medically.

Since 2013, I have undergone a further three operations, the last one being in December 2015, when I had a section of one of my lungs removed.  I will be eternally grateful to the NHS and the skills of the medical professionals, without whom, I am sure, I would not be here today.

Bearing this in mind, I feel I am ready to honour the promise I made to a consultant at St Thomas' which was that if he could 'sort me out', I would help raise further much-needed funds for Guys and St Thomas' Trust and also the Chartwell Cancer Unit, where I continue to be monitored.

I consider myself to be one of the truly lucky ones, and hope my experiences may inspire others who face similar difficulties and challenges.

Ultimately, we are all in the same race, but what matters is how we cross the line!

Thank you for standing alonside me whilst I Stand Up To Cancer.

John Leeson

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