A Wellingborough teenager has raised almost £5,000 for charity after climbing Mount Snowdon – just six weeks after being given the all-clear from cancer.
Connor Mulcahy, 18, raised £4,900 for the Teenage Cancer Trust after he was treated on a specialist unit at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.
Connor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 17 after experiencing extreme tiredness, loss of appetite and waking up with swelling to his face.
After his symptoms got worse his concerned GP sent him to the hospital. Following several weeks of tests he was given his diagnosis.
He endured six rounds of chemotherapy, which kept him in hospital over Christmas and into January, and decided to take on the challenge to push himself to get back to his old strength.
He also saw the challenge as an opportunity to give something back to the nurses and staff who had helped him through the difficult time.
Connor said: “All the nurses on ward E39 are my and many others’ heroes.
“I wanted to thank them for everything they did.
“I was determined to stay positive.
“Thoughts raced through my mind about how this was going to affect my life and my future, but I knew I was lucky to have my family and friends to support me and I was in the right place to be treated.”
Connor heaped praise on the facilities available to him which helped him ‘escape from everything’.
He added: “The Teenage Cancer Trust unit was so nice, it didn’t feel like a hospital.
“To have stuff like a games room and a place for visitors was such a huge benefit.
“It helps you escape from everything.”
The Teenage Cancer Trust works in partnership with the NHS to ensure young people don’t face cancer alone.
The charity currently helps half of 13 to 24 year olds diagnosed in the UK, and is rolling out a unique nursing and support programme to reach all young people with cancer.