Cancer survivors inspire sponsored walk for medical research charity

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A cancer survivor from Denby is gearing up for a sponsored walk next month to raise vital funds for a medical charity.

Graham Middleton, 46, was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2010, and in June 2013 was told he would need six rounds of chemotherapy to keep his illness under control.

On Sunday, July 17, he will take part in the 8-mile Carsington Water Walk for blood cancer charity Bloodwise, together with his wife Viv and their four children.

The event has been organised following the family’s earlier fundraising events, as they have strived to offer hope to others in their situation.

Viv, 44, said: “It was difficult for me and the children to see Graham so ill during treatment, and it was an uncertain and challenging time for us all.

“In 2014, we decided to do something to help others affected by blood cancer and we organised a 53-mile relay walk across Derbyshire, which lasted 24 hours. We held the walk again in 2015, and the two walks collectively raised over £10,000 for Bloodwise.”

Inspired by the Middleton’s walk, Bloodwise is organising its first sponsored walk around Carsington Water in Ashbourne to raise money for research into all 137 different types of blood cancer.

Viv added: “Although Graham still has check-ups every few months, it’s thanks to Bloodwise that treatments are available to so many people affected by blood cancer.”

The walk is open to everyone. To join the Middletons visit