Brave cancer fighter starts own charity

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A man from West Halllam is running the Nottingham Half Marathon this month to raise money for his own cancer charity.

Connell, 35, is calling on people to help him raise money to launch his cancer support charity, Savour Life. Connell has set up a GoFundMe fundraising page, which has already raised £1,395 in just ten days.

Connell was diagnosed with stage three kidney cancer in March 2013, when doctors discovered a 6.7cm tumour. After successful surgery, Connell believed things were improving until August of the same year, when the devastating discovery was made that his cancer had spread to the skin and he was diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer - turning his life upside down.

Determined not to let it beat him, Connell turned to juicing organic vegetables and following a vegan diet in the hope of improving his health after three cycles of a chemotherapy drug left him unable to walk further than the end of the street. He found a better awareness of wellness and a healthy diet gave him the motivation he needed to concentrate on his health and recovery. Now two years tumour free, and in the best shape of his life, Connell is running the Nottingham half marathon with hopes to launch the charity Savour Life to fund juicing andnutrition workshops at the organic Trinity Farm for those with a cancer diagnosis or going through treatment.

He said: “I decided to set up my GoFundMe page to found Savour Life after finding hope to remiss this horrendous disease with the mission to empower others to do the same. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who has donated so far. The more money we raise, the more people we can help. I can’t wait to get everything up and running.” To donate to Savour Life visit www.gofundme.com/6p5wz52k5w.