MileADayInMay - GUY O'LEARYS AMAZING STORY

31/05/2019


In November 2017, at the age of 34, during a routine check they found a tumour and I became a cancer patient. My incredible surgeon performed a bowel resection straight away but a subsequent PET scan revealed the disease had spread to my liver. Another major operation, eleven cycles of chemo and many hard days later I was back on my feet with clear scans and a future I thought I mightn't have. It is because of the skill of two amazing surgeons, an unbelievable oncologist, my amazing team of nurses, a relentlessly inquisitive wife and the work of CANCER RESEARCH that I am still alive today. The progress CANCER RESEARCH has made over the last three decades means that I was given a chance at survival, this was a chance my grandmother didn't have when she fell ill with the disease in the mid-1980's. Having been through the horrors of cancer, I want to do everything I can to help the research effort. 

To prove that I am back on my feet after a horrendous time going through surgeries and treatment for late stage cancer last year, I have challenged myself to swim a mile each day during the month of May. Each day during my MileADayInMay! challenge, someone who helped me through the rough times will join me to swim a mile with all funds raised going to the incredible Cancer Research charity. My final swim on 31st May will start outside Dun Laoghaire harbour and finish on the slip in the RIYC.

My campaign is to raise funds for the brilliant Cancer Research charity who developed the diagnostics, surgical robots and chemo treatments that saved my life. The charity is developing treatments that are more tolerable and effective than ever before. It is truly amazing what is being achieved, but there is still so much work to do and progress to be made, hopefully this challenge will in some way help to advance the treatment of this devastating disease.

Read more, Donate and follow Guy's story here:

www.mileadayinmay.org 
https://www.instagram.com/guy.oleary/
https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/guys-giving-page-23