CANCER PATIENT TO WALK 211 MILES
IN 10 DAYS
Martyn Wells is planning to walk the length of the Seven Way starting 1 September 2018 to raise aware of melanoma in the UK and funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 49 year old Stage 3 cancer patient was operated on no less than 6 times in the last 12 months as he battled to overcome malignant melanoma. He now seeks to walk the length of the River Severn from source to sea, following all 211 miles of the Severn Way path in just 10 days. Mr Wells, an IT Director by trade, has committed to complete this challenge in order to raise public awareness in preventing melanoma and to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Melanoma is not just skin cancer; according to Cancer Research UK, in 2014 2,459 patients died from melanoma yet 86% of cases were preventable. Mr Wells says: “Public awareness of melanoma is still poor, yet this illness can spread quickly and become critical very quickly. Attitudes towards the usage of high factor suncream still need to change in the UK, not just by the holidaying public but by those who spend time at work or at leisure outside. Fortunately for me, Macmillan Cancer Support was there when I needed support and advice coming to terms with cancer. A life with cancer is still a life after all; now it’s my turn to give some support back which is why I am going to walk the Severn Way.”
Further information and donations can be made via a website Mr Wells has set up www.severnway2018.com.