Cancer patient’s run bid is under threat

Joe Carter.
Joe Carter.

THE future of a men’s only run to raise money for cancer research is in jeopardy after initial recruitment for the race got off to a slow start.

Joe Carter had visions of the Chase4Life event becoming the male version of the popular women’s only Race for Life, which now takes place in locations around the country raising thousands of pounds.

Determined to be positive: John Carter with his son Joe who has been diagnosed with cancer three times.        Picture: Steve Parkin.

Determined to be positive: John Carter with his son Joe who has been diagnosed with cancer three times. Picture: Steve Parkin.

The 22-year-old wanted to do something positive in spite of being given his third cancer diagnosis in as many years.

He was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 at the age of just 20, undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital before being told he had beaten the illness.

But he was devastated when doctors told him nine months later that the disease had returned in his spine.

Again he underwent treatment which he was initially told had been successful, but in January last year he was given the shattering news that it was back again - this time in both places.

Joe is currently undergoing intense chemotherapy in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where he has been in isolation for the past three weeks.

He said the thought of the 5km race, which he is organising with the help of his dad John, is keeping him going throughout the gruelling treatment and he is desperate to ensure it can go ahead.

The pair are now appealing for more men to sign up for the event on Father’s Day June 19, starting and finishing at Abbeydale Sports Club and following a route up to Dore village and back.

John was at the finish line of the Sheffield Half Marathon yesterday handing out registration forms for the run.

Joe said: “Rather than being a victim to cancer, I am determined to take something positive from the whole ordeal.

“Rather than sitting back and accepting I’m poorly, I want to use my experiences to help make a difference.”

Visit chase4life.org or email carter_2488@hotmail.co.uk