23rd Jun, 2017

Defiant runner Steve tackling two half marathons

AN INSPIRATIONAL Worcester man is defying the odds by running two half marathons despite having had a brain tumour.

Steve Harrison, 52, will be tackling the two 13 miles runs on Sunday, May 21 and in September this year to raise as much money as possible for St Richard’s Hospice – a cause close to his heart.

“I was 48 years old when my brain tumour was diagnosed and removed, and was told that the average life expectancy for people with my type of cancer was just six months.

“I was referred to St Richard’s Hospice by my GP in April 2013; the help and care I received was truly outstanding with home visits, group classes and frequent phone support.

“I also benefitted from talking to other people with life-limiting conditions at the group meetings which I found really comforting, informative and uplifting.

“In January of this year I was discharged from the hospice’s care as I was responding well to treatment. However, it is reassuring to know that I can be referred back at a future point if needed.

The father of two from Warndon Villages added: “I’ve decided to raise money for St Richard’s this year as a small thank you for the care and kindness they have shown towards me, my family and the countless others in their care.

“Running has become a real passion of mine and helps me to stand up to the cancer that I am living with. In February 2017 I had a mini stroke and in March a bad reaction to my chemotherapy treatment but – thanks to my two oncologists – I am continuing to train for the races.”

Ria Simons, fund-raiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “Steve is an absolute inspiration! He has pledged to raise £500 for our care but in the first week he has already achieved 50 per cent of this. We wish him all the best in his endeavours and look forward to supporting him throughout.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-harrison9 to donate and to read more about Steve’s story.