A FATHER-OF-TWO from Burton who was diagnosed with kidney cancer is setting off on an 110-mile walk with his four-legged friend to raise funds for further research.
Tim Blockley was told he had the disease two years ago. The 49-year-old from Maple Way, Branston received treatment at Derby Royal Hospital and underwent an operation to remove his right-hand kidney along with a tumour.
He is now planning to complete the walk along the Cleveland Way with Millie, the family’s border collie to show his appreciation for the work undertaken by Cancer Research UK and to aid further development in the treatment given to other patients. Tim explained: “I didn’t have any known symptoms when I was diagnosed, but it got to the stage where I could feel something in my right side.
“I’m still on medication following the operation and I’ve never been given the all-clear but the treatment I’ve received is giving me back my life. It’s fairly new and has only been going for four or five years.
“Since my diagnosis I’ve been through a whole rollercoaster of emotion ranging from the darkest hours of being up close and personal with my own mortality to celebrating life and all it offers, along with the happiness it can bring you.
“This illness has taught me how precious our time is and how valuable your friends and family are to you. My love for them as not changed during this time but now I also see the true power of love and friendship.”
Tim, a service engineer, says that without the treatment, his ability to lead a normal life would not have been possible. He will start in Helmsley on June 15 before heading north through the North York Moors National Park to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. He will then go via Whitby and Scarborough on his way to the finishing point at Filey, finishing on June 22.
He will be joined on the walk by Millie, who he says is always keen to go on walks. Tim added: “She just wants to be outside, so she is coming along too. “I’ve done long-distance walks prior to my diagnosis, and it’s something that I want to get back into doing.”
Donations to Tim’s cause can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/tim-blockley