Richard continues to defy doctors with charity trek

Richard Anderson with wife Karen on a charity walk
Richard Anderson with wife Karen on a charity walk
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A cancer patient who was only given until January to live is continuing to defy doctors by setting off on a 10th charity challenge.

On July 13, Richard Anderson, from Thorpe Close, Preston, will be walking 120 miles from Llandudno home in four days, despite constant pain and failing eyesight.

If he is successful, he’s planning on an even bigger trek - walking home from Morocco.

“I constantly have to have things to think about or I sit and think about what the doctors told me”, said the 44-year-old dad-of-one.

Richard was diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2013, then soon after was told it had spread to his pancreas and was inoperable. Since the news, he’s had to give up his job in the hotel industry, but alongside wife Karen has set about raising cash for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support with a series of sponsored events.

He said: “We’ve done a sponsored walk in England and Scotland, but had to give up in Wales because I wasn’t well. But now I’m feeling better, so why not? I’m struggling to see because of the tumours in my head, so I need my Karen with me at all times, but we’re confident we can do legs of 25 to 30 miles a day.”

Karen is yet to be convinced to accompany Richard to Morroco in late summer.

He said: “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I’d love to do while I can. I’ve got a few people who are interested in coming along, but we’ll have to see. It would be very hard and I’m getting knackered now.

“But hopefully reading about me will help give other people with cancer strength, and show them that you don’t have to give up.”

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