Worcester man set to complete one year of challenges in athletic fundraiser for primary bone cancer charity - The Worcester Observer
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11th Aug, 2022

Worcester man set to complete one year of challenges in athletic fundraiser for primary bone cancer charity

Rob George 19th Jun, 2022

WORCESTER fitness fanatic Daniel Nuttall is completing a year of challenges to raise vital funds for research into chondrosarcoma, one of the most common forms of primary bone cancer.

Taking on the challenge for the Bone Cancer Research Trust, he will attempt to clock up 604 competitive miles – to mark the date of his father’s passing on April 6, 2012 (06/04) over 12 months across a variety of organised sporting activities, from running and cycling to swimming and kayaking.

Daniel’s fund-raising is well underway, having begun with the Man versus Coast Challenge in Cornwall on July 3, 2021. He is set to end with the same challenge on July 2, and in the months in-between he will continue to participate in other activities such as his first triathlon, the Ironman 70.3 in Weymouth, Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, Blenheim Palace Triathlon, Wales Coast to Coast, the Great South Run, and several half marathons throughout the year.

But there’s no stopping him there! Dan will also be representing the Bone Cancer Research Trust when he takes on the iconic London Marathon on 22nd October 2022.

All the sports that Daniel is undertaking hold a special link to his father, Peter Nuttall, such as becoming a triathlete and competing in his first ever road marathon.

Reflecting on his father’s diagnosis, Daniel said:

“My father was a very proud individual and a true warrior fighting and battling the C word in any way he could. I would like to replicate his “Chondrosarcoma Warrior” fighting spirit by taking on this challenge to fund vital research and prevent this nightmare affecting other families.”

Peter sadly passed away at the age of 52 after initially being misdiagnosed with abdominal issues. It was only after several visits to his GP and various hospitals that, in April 2004, an MRI scan uncovered a cancerous tumour in his spine.

He then underwent a 12-hour operation, which involved removing the tumour and placing titanium supports in his back. A routine follow-up MRI scan showed that the cancer was still present, and Peter travelled to Boston, USA for further surgery and proton beam therapy that wasn’t yet available in the UK.

Unfortunately, in 2009, the cancer returned and over the following three years he underwent six surgical operations to remove the tumours, with each one requiring

Peter to learn to walk again. In February 2012 he was told that further operations were too risky to carry out and he sadly passed away on April 6, 2012.

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dan604 for more.

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