In April 2023, I will be heading to the Southern Morocco, where I'll be doing the Marathon de Sables. This is a six-day 251 km multiday ultramarathon, approximately the distance of six regular marathons, in the Sahara Desert. The longest single stage is 91 km long. With each runner carrying their own sleeping equipment, food and water and temperatures reaching sometimes 50 degrees, it has been regarded as the toughest foot race on Earth.
I am a consultant surgeon and Professor treating patients who have Head and Neck Cancer. This type of cancer arises from primarily from the mouth, throat, voice box, within the face and nose, and glands in the neck. It is the eighth most common cancer overall in the UK, and fourth most common in males. Incidence rates are increasing and survival rates have remained generally static over the last decade or so. The disease and its treatment can affect crucial aspects of function and appearance.
I’ll be raising funds for Oasis Cancer Trust, which works to raise funds to improve all aspects of head and neck cancer treatment and support for patients.
All funds raised will be passed to the charity irrespective
of whether my target is reached, not reached or exceeded.
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