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CANCER SURVIVOR WINS PLACE ON POLAR EXPEDITION

Jack Williams, from Solihull, has won a campaign to be Britain’s representative for the trip of a lifetime: a polar expedition across the arctic. A few weeks ago he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and he’s chosen to raise money for Worldwide Cancer Research ahead of the trip.

To secure the nomination, Jack fought a hard campaign to win the public’s votes, even getting his Granny involved handing out flyers on the streets of his hometown of Solihull near Birmingham. He was the clear winner for the UK securing his place with well over 10,000 votes. The trip in April 2017 will see participants from all over the world who secured a place in the competition which took place over the past few months.

Fundraising isn’t a requirement to be part of the expedition, which is run by the popular Swedish outdoor brand Fjallraven, but Jack wanted to use his campaign to raise funds for more research because he believed it saved his life from a recent diagnosis of testicular cancer.

“Without advances in research, I may not have lived to see Christmas” said Jack. “This is the trip of a lifetime for me personally, but I also want to use this opportunity to raise money and awareness for a fantastic cause- pioneering research which helps cancer patients, like me, ultimately survive.”

99% of men diagnosed with testicular cancer survive when caught in time because of advances in research.

Julie Stewart Simpson from Worldwide Cancer Research said “It’s because of people like Jack that we do what we do at Worldwide Cancer Research. We fund the best research anywhere in the world so that ultimately more people survive this cruel disease. We’re overwhelmed by his passion and dedication, and we’re excited to support him on this journey of a lifetime.”

Jack, who is a keen outdoor explorer, will be using the next few months to fundraise for the charity, train and prepare for the expedition. You can watch an interview with him about his trip on Good Morning Britain here.