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TOGETHER: Apsley man battling cancer completes charity walk with beloved wife

 Published on: 27th September 2019   |   By: Dec O'Reilly   |   Category: Uncategorized

An inspirational man who is battling cancer completed a five-mile charity walk with his beloved wife by his side.

Dave Smale, from Apsley, crossed the finishing line hand in hand with his wife, Katie and with a bottle of chemo attached to him from a session of chemotherapy he had a day before the walk. 

Alongside his amazing commitment to complete the walk, Dave raised over £5,000 (including Gift Aid) for Bowel Cancer UK, who have helped him since his diagnosis.

Speaking about the day, Dave said: “It was a very emotional and symbolic day. To do it with my wife meant everything to me as she has been there since the start. 

“Going through cancer, you feel very lonely, but seeing over 500 people in a similar boat to me made me feel like we are all in it together.

“I had a beautiful sense of not being alone.”

The 38-year-old has been living with stage four bowel cancer since he was diagnosed two years ago but received the great news last month that his most recent scan showed an amazing response to the treatment.

Dave was part of the BowelWarrior Team who took part in the walk and raised over £8,000 together for the charity. 

“It’s a feeling of immense pride and I am just blown away really. I would like to thank everyone for their amazing support, generous donations. It really has spurred me on,” said Dave. 

At the time of writing the article in the September issue of KingsNews, Dave had raised £1,500 so wanted to thank readers for their help.

To help Dave reach the £5,000 mark for Bowel Cancer UK, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Dave-smale2 and donate.

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