Cancer survivor Patrick thanks doctors who saved his life

Just over a year after being diagnosed with cancer Patrick Savage has embarked on a 240-mile trek to say thank you to the doctors who saved his life.

The Steve Morgan Foundation is one of a number of organisations to support Patrick and three friends as they walk between London and The Christie Hospital, Manchester.

It was back in March 2020 that Patrick was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a type of blood cancer.

He was told he had advanced cancer by The Christie Hospital the day before his 19th birthday.

Patrick said: “To treat the cancer, I underwent six months of chemotherapy at The Christie and thanks to their incredible Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) team I am now in remission.”

To say thankyou to the people who saved his life Patrick and three friends – Phil Saunes, Jorge Stevenson and Alex Smith – have embarked on a 240-mile  walk from their university campus in London to The Christie Hospital, Manchester.

Patrick explained: “We’ll be covering between 30-35 miles per day and will be raising money for Cancer Research UK and The Christie charity.

“Without an effective treatment, my diagnosis would have left me with less than a year to live so it’s thanks to the amazing work of these charities that I am able to do this event.

“Each day seven young people aged 15-24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK and one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

“This is why we want to make sure we’re doing our bit to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured and ensure everyone who receives a cancer diagnosis can experience the incredible feeling of beating the disease.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation have been joined by the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation, Boohoo, The Peel Group, Regatta and Together as corporate sponsors for the event.

The Steve Morgan Foundation has donated £7,500 to be split equally between  Cancer Research UK and The Christie charity.

Patrick has already raised 96 per cent of his £75,000 target. To donate to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Patrek2021

The trek takes place between June 22-29 and you can follow their progress on Twitter @PaTREK2021

 

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