A local businessman will be attempting to walk from his home in Kendal in Cumbria to his office in Milton Keynes in honour of a work colleague who died from cancer last year.
Milton Keynes – 19th May 2014 – Shane Tickell has set off from his home in Cumbria and will walk to his office in Milton Keynes some 212 miles away. Normally taking 3 hours in a car, at a marathon a day Shane’s incredible journey will take 8 days to walk.
Shane, aged 43, wants to use his challenge to raise awareness of the early signs of cancer in aiding earlier diagnosis and treatment following the death of close work colleague Mike Haynes who died from bowel cancer last year.
Shane said: “Mike’s death was so shocking because he always looked after himself. He ate healthily and was always really active out running or walking. He was also planning to travel the world with his partner but he never got the chance.”
Dad of four Shane is CEO of IMS MAXIMS a company based in Milton Keynes who specialise in developing clinical and administrative software solutions for healthcare providers across the country.
“Mike spent more than two decades working alongside numerous NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals. More recently, I worked with him developing a new I.T programme for local charity CancerCare which revolutionised the work they do with local cancer patients.”
Sadly, Mike was diagnosed with stage four Bowel Cancer in April 2013, losing his battle with the disease in December. He was aged 65.
“That’s why I’ve been inspired to do this challenge. There are too many people, like Mike, who’ve been stuck down by this disease when it is far too late to treat.
“I am walking to raise awareness of the importance that people check themselves for the early signs of cancer. Knowing what these checks entail and getting into the habit of doing it regularly could help save thousands of lives each year.
“If you are unsure about something go to your doctor and get it checked out. You’re not wasting anyone’s time and if it isn’t serious your mind will be put at rest. But if it is cancer early diagnosis can make the difference.
“I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m no athlete! We recently lost a good man in Mike and on top of that I lost my father, many uncles, cousins, friends and neighbours to this dreadful disease.
“I started training at Christmas so I have been out in all weathers, with one minor case of hyperthermia, general aches and lots of blisters! But what keeps me motivated is the courage and bravery shown by of all these people. My small endeavour pales in comparison with the journey of someone with cancer.
“I would also like to encourage others to join me and walk to their own place of work on Friday 23rd May – the final day of my challenge.
“If I could inspire just one person to walk to work and also learn about how to detect some early signs of cancer then this would be a big step forwards. Mike helped so many people in this country so it is an honour being able to do something positive and carry on the great work he did.”
For further advice on how to spot the early signs of cancer check out www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer.
To make a donation and to find out more information on how you can get involved in the Big Walk to Work please visit www.imsfoundation.co.uk. You can also follow Shane’s progress on Twitter @BigWalkToWork.