Planning to walk 26 miles of Hadrian's Wall on the 23 June 2012 are Spire Leicester Hospital's aptly named team 'Balls of Steel'.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. 37,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, with 250,000 men currently living with the disease. The Prostate Cancer Charity funds research, provides support and information, and campaigns to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer.
Spire Leicester Hospital’s team of 9 comprises of chemotherapy nurses, pharmacists, a medical secretary, the son of a prostate cancer patient and a patient currently undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Working within the hospital’s chemotherapy unit as part of the oncology team, all the staff involved in the 26 mile marathon walk, experience first hand on a daily basis, the impact and effect of cancer on the lives of their patients and patient’s families.
Karin Coady one of Spire Leicester Hospital’s dedicated Chemotherapy Nurse Specialists says "This is one of many fundraising challenges staff at the hospital are involved in, our aim in the chemotherapy unit is to raise awareness about cancer and support a different cancer charity each year - with the added benefit of keeping fit ourselves."
Initially believing the walk to be rated ‘moderate’ in difficulty, Karin rallied her colleagues and registered the team. Training intensity and levels of trepidation stepped up when the trek was re-graded as ‘extreme’, however the team continue to train and remain committed to achieving their goal - raising as much money as possible for their chosen charity.
If you would like to make a donation or sponsor the team you can donate online at www.justgiving.com/karin-coady or by text message Text YHHH83 followed by the amount of money you would like to give.
To find out more about the work undertaken by The Prostate Cancer Charity visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/information