Story behind London Marathon runner’s special tattoo

Graham Vickers
Graham Vickers
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A cancer survivor gearing up for this weekend’s London Marathon has a special reminder on his body of who he is raising money for.

Graham Vickers, 57, from Preston, has a tattoo revealing the logo for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation – the charity he is running to raise money for.

It was November 2013 when Graham Vickers first starting suffering with a sore throat.

And in April last year doctors found a tumour.

“I cannot describe how I felt really other than all these people sat round me speaking and I had no idea what they are saying.

“My world had just been smashed.”

Graham feared he would need his voice box removed, but thankfully he was able to fight the cancer with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

He was given the all-clear two months ago and is running the marathon to say thank you to the charity.

Graham has a number of tattoos but his newest addition is a tattoo bearing the Rosemere logo.

He said: “A freehand artist did it, I got him to make it look like a tip but under it, under the cuts, it reveals the Rosemere logo, where my tumour was.

“It is very personal.”

“The amazing people of the Ribblesdale and Rosemere wards together really did save my life.”

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