Cancer survivor facing steep task to help sufferers

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AS if battling cancer wasn’t enough, a Rugby-born man has set his sights on conquering some of the world’s highest mountains.

Gareth O’Brien was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009 and suffered for five years.

And after undergoing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgical procedures and surgeries, he has decided to help other men with cancer by climbing five mountains: Machu Picchu in Peru, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in the Lake District.

Gareth said: “I’m about to take on the second biggest challenge of my life.

“I think I have beaten cancer - now it’s time for a new challenge.”

Gareth, who now helps run a nightclub in Plymouth, hopes his exploits will raise £10,000 for a charity called Orchid. It specialises in raising awareness of and funding treatment for prostate, penile and testicular cancer.

Gareth added that, as well as raising funds, he aims to inspire others to “crack on with their lives.”

He said: “I know I will have to be very fit so I’m training three times a week, in addition to planning fundraising events and working. I hope everyone can get behind me and inspire others to scale new heights.

“Customers, friends and family have been very generous but I still have a long way to go.

“Every penny counts, please consider sponsoring me or organising your own fund-raiser to help Orchid continue its important work within the local community.”

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