Mark’s work is re­warded Ef­forts of cam­paigner recog­nised by Ro­tary Club

Halifax Courier - - Battle Against Cancer - By Cassie Irv­ing

This time last year Mark Lewis, 49, on a 676-mile walk with his nephew Drew Turner, 22, from Land’s End to their home in Hal­i­fax – 26 miles a day for 26 days. The ‘Long Walk Home’ as it was named helped to raise more than £26,000 for Can­cer Re­search UK in mem­ory of Mark’s sis­ter, and Drew’s mum, Re­becca Turner who died of can­cer when she was just 27 years old. The am­bi­tious walk­ing chal­lenge marked the 20th an­niver­sary of her death and the pair hoped to raise aware­ness of can­cer. Re­becca was di­ag­nosed with skin can­cer and trag­i­cally died 16 weeks later, when Drew was just two years old. Af­ter the duo com­pleted the walk, Mark was in­vited to share his ex­pe­ri­ence with the Ro­tary Club of Hal­i­fax and talk about his mo­ti­va­tion for sup­port­ing the char­ity. Now the Ro­tary Club has com­mended Mark’s ef­forts and made a do­na­tion of £250 to Can­cer Re­search UK to help con­tinue the char­ity’s work to fund life-sav­ing re­search. Mark was pre­sented with the cheque ear­lier this month at the club’s meet­ing at the Shay Sta­dium. Mark said: “Since Re­becca’s death and as a re­sult of on­go­ing re­search funded by Can­cer Re­search UK there have been sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment mean­ing 2 in 4 peo­ple now sur­vive can­cer. “I want to con­tinue to do my bit to help beat can­cer sooner. This do­na­tion by the Ro­tary Club is fan­tas­tic and will go to­wards help­ing more re­search into this dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease.” Lynne Des­bor­ough, Can­cer Re­search UK’s lo­cal fundrais­ing man­ager, said: “This do­na­tion by the Ro­tary Club is an ex­tremely gen­er­ous ges­ture and we’re de­lighted for Mark that his ef­forts are be­ing recog­nised.” Since com­plet­ing the Long Walk Home, Mark con­tin­ued his fundrais­ing ef­forts and had his walk­ing boots on once again in May to take on the coast to coast walk made fa­mous by fell walker Al­fred Wain­wright. Lynne added: “Can­cer Re­search UK has made enor­mous progress in the fight against can­cer. How­ever, we have only been able to do this thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of our vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers with­out whom we would not be able to fund our re­search. “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to both Mark and the Ro­tary Club for help­ing us con­tinue to find a cure.”

Mark (cen­tre) with his friends on his coast to coast walk.

Mark Lewis (right) re­ceiv­ing the cheque from a Ro­tar­ian.

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