When Trevor Rand strides over the finishing line of the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in September it will mark the end of an 18-month fight against cancer.
Trevor, 37, from Nawton near Helmsley is tackling the 24-mile walk to raise money for The James Cook University Hospital’s Ward 14 which treated his testicular cancer.
The self-employed builder and property maintenance contractor said:
“Back in February 2015 year I was undergoing investigations for a kidney infection and was told to make an appointment with my GP for that same afternoon. I was completely unaware of what was going on.
“That afternoon the news was delivered. The news everyone dreads: I’m sorry Mr Rand but the scan shows you have a 1.5 cm tumour in your testicle. If that wasn’t enough they also explained it had spread to my abdomen and lungs.
“I had a choice to make give in and let it beat me or fight with everything I had and kick its backside.”
Within weeks Trevor underwent surgery to remove the testicle but it was there he says the ‘real journey’ began.
The real journey
“I had 13 weeks of intense chemotherapy”, he said. “It was the hardest thing I’ve been through. Unless you have experienced it would be hard to imagine what it’s like. The hair loss, the lows and the fatigue.
“Giving up seemed like a good option but the love and support from my family and my closest friends got me through. I met some amazing people on Ward 14 and the staff and treatment were second to none.”
The next stage was the operation to have the grapefruit sized tumour removed from his kidney and aorta. “All in all, it was pretty straight forward”, he quips. “Opened up from top to bottom, my insides on the outside for 7 hours then have all of it put back together!”
Trevor’s new challenge
Following a period of recovery, the now newly married Trevor plus nine friends, with his bride Sarah driving the support vehicle with supplies, will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 17 September. The 24-mile walking challenge must completed in 12 hours and includes the three highest peaks in Yorkshire: Pen-y-Ghent (691m), Whernside (728m) and Ingleborough (723m)
“The training is going well although my feet are pretty sore! Our Labrador puppy Narla is loving the long walks and helps keep me going.
“We are doing this challenge to raise funds for the ward I was on for 13 weeks as the money goes directly to the ward and the things it provides makes the time there a little more bearable, like massages, beauty treatments, haircuts and a TV. This was a massive help as when you are connected to the chemo bags you can’t leave the ward for hours at a time.
“I have survived my battle with the Big C which, unfortunately, many don’t. I’m now in remission and have some lung damage due to the chemo and some ‘sleeping’ tumours in my chest but I’ll be OK. I just got married, am about to enjoy a honeymoon in Jamaica and hope to start a family soon. The future is mine.”
Donations towards Trevor’s challenge can be made at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trevor-rand