Cancer survivor Jack crosses the arctic

1st January 2019

After losing his Dad and Grandad to cancer at an early age, Jack Williams was naturally terrified to find a lump in his testicle. But thanks to research, he was able to survive and give back by raising money to help us carry on our vital work. This is Jack's truly inspiring story.

A cancer diagnosis

After several tests, Jack Williams was diagnosed as stage 1 testicular cancer and began his treatment journey. For anyone who has experienced this process, it can be mentally and physically demanding. 

Following surgery however, Jack was soon back on his feet - fit and healthy and fundraising for Worldwide Cancer Research. To say thanks for saving his life, Jack joined a polar expedition travelling 300km across the Arctic in tough conditions, raising almost £2,000.

Inspiring others

Research is the reason that Jack was able to be treated - and we are so delighted that he's chosen to give back by helping us fund more life-saving research. 

Now he’s back and feeling better than ever, Jack is hoping to help people who have gone through a similar situation to him. He is also going to run a project to encourage people to achieve outdoor qualifications.

Challenge for cancer

When we asked him about this incredible experience, he commented "The outdoors can be an amazing tonic for people. Going from being told you've got cancer and it might kill you, to being somewhere that engages every sense puts things into perspective."

Well done Jack for being such an inspiration and thank you for supporting our work.

If you're interested in taking on a challenge, check out our fundraising page for tips and ideas. 

Since the early 1970s, the rate of people dying from testicular cancer has decreased by almost 82%. Thanks to research, around 98% of men will now survive for 10 years or more after their diagnosis.

Research can help more people like Jack. 

Without your support, we're not able to fund scientific research which is the key to discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Just £24 will pay for an hour of research time, and that hour could be transformational in the quest to cure cancer.

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