Can­cer pa­tient touched by friends’ 100-mile fundrais­ing chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: Camil­la_Good­man

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

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