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By KIM BRISCOE, Health correspondent
Friday, August 17, 2012
A farmer who was diagnosed with leukaemia and prostate cancer is planning a 240-mile charity walk around Norfolk and Waveney and is appealing for people to join him on sections of the hike.
Thanks to early diagnosis and the NHS, Tim Farnham is in good shape and now wants to raise some money for two local cancer charities, as well as raising awareness of the importance of exercise, diet and a healthy lifestyle.
The 59-year-old will be walking for almost three weeks, from September 8 to 28, taking in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Harleston, Diss, Thetford, Watton, Swaffham, Hunstanton, Wells, Cromer and Aylsham, before returning to Norwich.
The whole of the walk is on paths, including the Wherryman’s way, Angles Way, Peddars Way, the Norfolk Coast path, Weavers’ Way and Marriott’s Way, and Mr Farnham will be raising money for Big C and the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group.
The married father-of-one from Scarning was diagnosed with leukaemia four years ago, after an enlarged lymph node had to be removed during an operation on a hernia and subsequent tests revealed he had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL).
He is not receiving any treatment for it at the moment, as he is in the very early stages, but could need chemotherapy or other treatment in the coming years.
Mr Farnham, whose father died from prostate cancer, also decided to have a PSA test, which was provided by the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group in 2010 and which recommended he go to his GP for further tests.
He was subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a radical prostatectomy in February 2011.
Mr Farnham said: “I wasn’t pleased to be diagnosed with two separate cancers but I was very pleased to be diagnosed early because that does give me the best possible chance.
“It has encouraged me to reduce the hours I work a bit and spend more time doing the things I want to do.
“I have friends, family and business colleagues joining me on parts of the walk and if other people would like to join me they would be very welcome.
“As well as raising money I’m very keen to promote the positive message about exercise and cancer and the idea that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t immediately mean that you hit the buffers.
“If you are lucky enough to have an early diagnosis and the prognosis is good you can still have a good lifestyle.”
More information about the walk is available at www.walknorfolk.wordpress.com, and to donate log on to www.virginmoneygiving.com/TimFarnham
Anyone interested in taking part in the walk can contact Mr Farnham by email at firstname.lastname@example.org