A Preston oncologist made a big splash in his first ever triathlon.
Dr Stephen Kennedy, who is based at the Rosemere Cancer at the Royal Preston Hospital, took two hours to cycle 20k, run 5k and swim 750m at Fulwood Leisure Centre, raising more than £750 for its anniversary appeal.
Tackling the feat alongside him were nurse specialists Jackie Tate and Alex Robson and clinical healthcare assistant Heather Dobson. The quartet was inspired to take on the challenge by patient Katy Oliver, a former primary school teacher from Kendal.
Katy, who travelled to Fulwood to cheer the team on, was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago but in February, raised more than £1,300 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation by undertaking her own triathlon at Kendal Leisure Centre.
Dr Kennedy, 36, said: “This triathlon was inspired by the amazing Katy and her triathlon. It’s definitely taken me out of my comfort zone and I am glad it’s over. I discovered I hate running even more than I thought I did.”
Katy said: “It was a really magical day. I love the Rosemere staff. They are very caring and supportive from diagnosis to treatment and during the steps to recovery. I can’t thank them enough. They feel like family to me and I will continue to fund-raise for their cause.”
The money raised by Dr Kennedy and his team will go to Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s 20 Years Anniversary Appeal, which is committed to bringing the world’s most advanced robotic surgical system to the centre.
It is also raising money for a state-of-the-art research facility and to redevelop Rosemere Cancer Centre’s in-patient Ribblesdale Ward. For further information on the appeal and how to donate visit http://www.rosemere.org.uk
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