Posted on Friday 9 July 2021

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Young cancer survivor embarks on epic 120 mile walk with friends who supported him throughout treatment

On 9 July 2021 Dan Booth, 22, from Malmesbury, Wiltshire and friends, will be setting off on a 120 architectural trail, named The Palladian Way, through Bath, Somerset, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The friends hope to complete the walk in ten days and have already raised an incredible £4,000 for the charity Young Lives vs Cancer (formerly CLIC Sargent).

Dan, who is studying to be a Dentist at Sheffield University, was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin lymphoma in November 2020, aged 21. Two days later, Dan and friends all tested positive for Covid, which delayed his treatment but fortunately this didn’t cause any complications.

Dan’s university housemates were incredibly supportive and self-isolated with him for the six months throughout his treatment to minimise his risk of infection, as he was classed as vulnerable. From getting food delivered to setting up a sanitisation station at their front door, the group did all they could to keep Dan as safe as possible.

Dan with his housemates, dressed up for a come dine with me style evening!

Dan Booth said: “Living with nine of the soundest housemates anyone in the world could ever ask for, immediately they were all o.k. with us as a house totally self-isolating for the entire six month duration of my treatment. They were all great as they were so supportive and decided to treat me as normal as possible.”

Dan’s chemotherapy lasted for six months from November 2020 to April 2021 and on 19 May 2021, he was given the good news that he was all clear and in remission.

Dan’s friends haven’t stopped there. Now he is in remission, Dan has set himself the challenge of walking The Palladian Way to raise money for Young Lives vs Cancer, the UK’s leading charity for young people with cancer, who supported him throughout his treatment and his friends are joining him too.

“There are nine of us taking on the whole walk and an extra six or seven joining us for some part of the walk. I was so lucky to feel ok during my chemotherapy and to be honest it was probably more stressful for my parents and younger brother, being so far away from me in Sheffield. They had to self-isolate for two weeks before they were allowed to come and be with me for my first treatment.

“Young Lives vs Cancer have a fantastic team of social workers at hospitals like the one in Sheffield. Harriet from the charity came with me to my initial appointment, helped me with any kind of admin I needed to do relating to my treatment, helped me financially, practically i.e offered to sort out accommodation if needed, a wig or a hat, and was just a great person to chat to. I want other people in my situation to have the help I had.”

The group are set to embark on their walk on 9 July 2021and hope to complete the 120 mile walk in ten days. They have so far raised £4,000 for the charity and have set themselves the goal of reaching £5000 by the end.

Liz Blunt, Fundraising Engagement Manager – South Central at Young Lives vs Cancer, says: “This is such a lovely, joyous story about students being so amazingly supportive to their friend whilst he went through cancer treatment. I love the fact that they so kindly self-isolated with Dan for six months and this really is about a celebration of friendship.

“Also to have raised over £4000 for children and young people with cancer is a huge amount and massively appreciated as we don’t receive any government funding. We can only provide the vital support that we do because of our supporters. The funds raised mean that people like Dan can have support from our Social Worker Harriet. I would like to wish Dan and all his friends all the best with their challenge and a massive thank you again.”

Follow the boys on their travels on Instagram @palladsvscancer

And you can contribute towards their fundraising here

ENDS  

Notes to editors 

For more information, an interview or images, please contact Emma Gibbons on 07932 666163 or emma.gibbons@younglivesvscancer.org.uk

About cancer in children and young people 

Today, 12 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.  

About Young Lives vs Cancer 

When a child is diagnosed with cancer life becomes full of fear, for them and their family. Fear of treatment but also of families being torn apart, overwhelming money worries, of having nowhere to turn to, no one to talk to.  

Young Lives vs Cancer is the charity that helps children and young people (0-25) and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. The charity’s social workers offer specialist, empowering support, its Homes from Home offer families a free place to stay nearby to the child’s hospital and grants help families to navigate the costs of cancer. We’ve been there before. We’ll face it all, together. 

For more information visit www.younglivesvscancer.org.uk 

Note to sub editors 

Always use our name in full: Young Lives vs Cancer and write it with only the Y, L and C capitalised. But don’t capitalise ‘vs’. 

‘Young Lives vs Cancer’ should be not be abbreviated – it’s not “Young Lives” for short, nor “YLvC”  

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