CHARITY BIKE RIDE INSPIRED BY FRIEND
Cancer patient touched by friends’ 100-mile fundraising challenge
TWO chums will saddle-up and aim to cycle 100 miles for a cancer charity that is supporting their friend.
Jason Narraway, 29, from Chesham, was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, which is a rare type of cancer, in January 2014.
Only about one to three individuals in a million people are diagnosed with this disease each year.
Mr Narraway decided to go to the doctor’s after noticing a lump on the back of his right thigh, which he just thought was a sports injury.
When surgeons operated they found a tumour the size of a melon and Mr Narraway had 85 per cent of his hamstring removed.
Following a biopsy of the tumour, at the age of 26, Mr Narraway was told he had synovial sarcoma.
He said: “I thought it was a sports injury, I thought it was a muscle that had torn and repaired wrong. When I was told it was cancer I was shocked, it’s everyone’s nightmare. I never thought I was going to hear those words. It’s exactly what you see on TV, it’s a surreal experience and you can’t remember a word that’s said after they tell you.”
Mr Narraway then underwent 35 sessions of radiotherapy followed by six months of chemotherapy.
However, Mr Narraway’s nightmare continued when the cancer returned, this time in his lungs.
He has had two major operations on his lungs so far.
Mr Narraway will now have another operation followed by more chemotherapy for five and a half months after that.
He is also hoping to get himself on a medical trial.
An upbeat Mr Narraway said: “I’m so positive about it, I try not to get upset about it. You’ve got to be positive, there’s nothing else you can do. You don’t want to sit there all miserable, life is for living.”
Mr Narraway’s friends Stuart Aldridge, from Great Kingshill, and Andrew Winstanley, from Chesham, have decided to raise money for Sarcoma UK by taking part in Prudential Ride LondonSurrey 100 on Sunday, July 31. They are hoping to raise at least £2,500 for the charity.
Mr Narraway said: “It’s lovely of them to do this for me, bless them. It’s very touching.”
Mr Narraway will be on the sidelines on the day to cheer on his friends.
To sponsor them visit www. j us tg i v i ng. co m/ fundraising/Stuart andAndrew100.
Cheering from the sidelines: Jason Narraway, 29, with his fiancée Amy – Jason was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in 2014
Stuart Aldridge, from Great Kingshill, and Andrew Winstanley, from Chesham, will raise money for Sarcoma UK with a bike ride