Cottam’s Nathan Logsdon has signed up to take part in an extreme tough mudder event to raise money for the charity that supported him during his cancer treatment.Advertisement
Nathan, aged 31 from Cottam, will take part in May’s Rat Race Dirty Double at Lincolnshire’s Burghley House.
The extreme tough mudder takes place over a gruelling 40 miles and features 400 strength-sapping obstacles.
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He is using the event to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation via his online Just Giving page.
Back in November 2019, Nathan found a painless lump underneath his arm. Less than two weeks later on 3rd December, he had his first chemotherapy session at Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, having been diagnosed with late stage (stage 4) Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system.
Nathan said: “It won’t happen to me – that’s what I used to say until that moment I will never forget, sat in my consultant’s office, when he gave me the news I had cancer at just 29-years-old.
“My fiancée Jo was by my side through every appointment and every chemo session until coronavirus hit and I had to start going on my own but the nurses giving me my treatment were amazing.
“They were putting their own lives on the line working through the pandemic to help me in my battle with cancer.
“They took time to sit and talk to me. They took a genuine interest in my plans even down to offering to help by getting shopping while we shielded for four months.”
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Eventually, Nathan reached the end of his treatment in May 2020, but despite still suffering with nerve damage in his feet, he signed up to the Rat Race Dirty Double 2021, which was then postponed.
Nathan said: “I want to give back to all the amazing staff at Rosemere Cancer Centre. I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m in remission.
“I have always been sporty going the gym and playing football but thanks to their care, I’m now the fittest I have ever been.”
Nathan, who is a member of Gym Works and plays football for Fulwood Methodist Church as well as a weekly seven-a-side match with friends, is also training with Evan Parker, a personal trainer from Tenet Body Transformation, Burnley.
He said: “I am always happy to speak about going through cancer.
“I wish I had gone to my doctor sooner, so if I can encourage one person to go to their doctor when something isn’t right or they find a lump, I feel it’s breath well spent.”
You can donate to Nathan’s fundraiser here.
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