Northamptonshire cancer sufferer pledges to bring Olympic torch home in thanks

Geddington resident John Doran will be carrying the Olympic torch through the village, past the Eleanor Cross, on it's journey to the Games in London.
Geddington resident John Doran will be carrying the Olympic torch through the village, past the Eleanor Cross, on it's journey to the Games in London.

A cancer sufferer has pledged to bring the Olympic torch to his home village to thank the community for all its support.

Dad-of-two John Doran, whom doctors gave four years to live after diagnosing his incurable cancer multiple myeloma in 2004, will carry the torch through Isham next Monday but will also bring it to Geddington, where he lives, later that day to thank villagers.

Mr Doran, a former policeman, said: “I am currently scheduled to run in Isham so if I cannot run in Geddington officially I will run through later on in the day with my unlit torch.

“I would like to share the moment with my family, friends, neighbours and community who have supported me so much.”

And the volunteer firefighter also plans to share the experience with pupils.

He said: “After running with the Olympic torch I won’t be selling it. Local schools have already asked if I can take it in to show the children, which I am really pleased to do.”

Mr Doran’s commanding officer in the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade nominated him for the honour because of his contribution to fundraising for local charities and support of community events in Geddington over the last 20 years.

The application was supported by the residents of sheltered housing complex Castle Gardens, where John and the other volunteers regularly help out and entertain the residents.

Mr Doran said: “it was a total surprise when I received the email saying I had been nominated to run with the Olympic torch. I wasn’t aware of the nomination and it is a marvellous honour.”

Doctors diagnosed Mr Doran with multiple myeloma, in which a rogue white blood cell ‘eats’ normal white blood cells, bone marrow then bone, on Christmas Eve 2004.

There is no cure for multiple myeloma and following chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant Mr Doran still takes medication daily in order to keep the cancer under control, but seven years later he looks strong and healthy.

Mr Doran joined the police in 1979 and spent his probation years in Kettering before moving to Corby as a community officer.

He then joined the firearms team before moving to the training department supporting both HQ and area training needs, including specials training and creating the first PCSO course.

Mr Doran was also trained as a critical incident debrief officer and among many incidents was part of the team who supported officers following the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham. He was recognised for his commitment to the force with the Dennis Baker ‘Making a Difference’ Award.

Mr Doran lives in Geddington with his wife Janis, their son Shay, 22, who works locally and daughter Lana, 18, who is about to study in North Carolina having won a basketball scholarship.

He said: “I want to send a massive thank you to the hospital staff in Kettering General Hospital, particularly Dr Matthew Lyttelton and team in haematology and the nurses and staff of Centenary Wing.

“Without their care and attention I have no doubt I would not be here today.”