Britain’s Ironman legend Chrissie Wellington recently met with cancer survivor Tim Perkin from Cheltenham as part of national charity Willow’s Special Days programme, which gives seriously ill 16-to-40 year olds uplifting and memorable experiences.
Tim was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 33 and subsequently had life-saving surgery and went through months of chemotherapy.
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Only six months after finishing his chemotherapy, Tim was racing in the Bath Half Marathon and is now training for the 2015 London Marathon.
In February, Chrissie – a 220 regular and four-time world Ironman champion – met with Tim to give him some advice on his training.
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Speaking of his Special Day, Perkin said, “We had a lovely time, Chrissie was very easy to get along with and she gave me some great ideas and tips on training and getting back into shape. I am really very grateful to her for giving up her time to meet with me.”
Willow is a national charity that works with seriously ill young adults by giving them one of their Special Days. Some people take this as an opportunity to fulfil a dream while others use it as a chance to return some normality to their lives.