A Sheffield wrestler is throwing his weight behind a city cancer charity following his own battle with the disease.
Kris Travis was struck down by stomach cancer last year and went on to endure his toughest fight yet.
But the 31-year-old, from Woodthorpe, has finished his gruelling 18-week course of chemotherapy – and is now looking forward to slapping on the fake tan, donning his tiny pink shorts and getting back to what he does best.
Kris said: “When the doctor told me I had cancer, everything went fuzzy and I totally zoned out. For the next few weeks, every time someone spoke to me, I’d pretend to be listening, but all I could think was ‘I’m going to die’.”
As part of Kris’ comeback, he has dedicated time to supporting Cavendish Cancer Care, which helps cancer patients and their families through complementary therapies and counselling to help them come to terms with their diagnosis.
Kris said: “People who use the Cavendish Centre can seek reassurance and advice.
“The counselling and therapies Cavendish provide are one of the most important parts of the healing process. It can make you see that life is worth living again.”
Kris said he hopes his fans from all over the country will get behind the charity too.
His comeback match is on Saturday, August 8, against Sha Samuels in Preston, Lancashire.
He said the training has helped him through periods of anxiety and built up his excitement about getting back in the ring.
Kris has already taken part in a charity football match for Broomhall-based Cavendish and is now planning a fundraising wrestling event for the cause.
Chris Farrell, Cavendish chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Kris has chosen to support us.
“He’s a real Sheffield talent who has inspired so many people.
“We’re looking forward to working with him in supporting many more people with cancer in South Yorkshire.”