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Cancer victim steps out to help others

PUBLISHED: 18:42 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:50 08 July 2010

Mike Burrows with his wife Wendy.

Mike Burrows with his wife Wendy.

Big-hearted cancer victim Mike Burrows will be putting his best foot forward this weekend to help fellow sufferers.

Holme Hale resident Mike, who was diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma two years ago, will be taking part in the Bure Valley Railway Walk to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care Support.

Big-hearted cancer victim Mike Burrows will be putting his best foot forward this weekend to help fellow sufferers.

Holme Hale resident Mike, who was diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma two years ago, will be taking part in the Bure Valley Railway Walk to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care Support.

The 69-year-old grandfather is undertaking the walk as a thank-you for the treatment and support he has received at the Macmillan centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.

It was in May 2006 that Mike went for a routine blood test that proved devastating.

He said: “When they diagnosed me with cancer I felt lost in a midst of time and I was in disbelief. I saw the doctor's lips moving but couldn't register what she was saying. It really was a tremendous shock.”

Mike is still having treatment at the Macmillan centre at King's Lynn and has had a stem cell harvest taken at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. To control his cancer, Mike has to take thalidomide on a regular basis.

He has nothing but praise for the help and support he has received from everyone involved with his care. He said: “The staff at the Macmillan Cancer Care Treatment Centre at the QEH Hospital and at Addenbrooke's deserve a very heartfelt vote of thanks.”

Mike feels that by taking part in - and encouraging others to take part in - the railway walk for Macmillan Cancer Support, he's really giving something back. His wife,

son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren will also do the three-mile version of the walk between Buxton and Aylsham on Sunday.

There are a choice of 10 walks over the weekend, varying in distance between three and nine miles. All walkers receive a free trip on

a Bure Valley narrow gauge train and the highest fundraiser (over-18 only) will win a one-day train driver experience.

Macmillan Cancer Care has set a target of £40,000 for the weekend walks.

To register for the walk, call the Norfolk Fundraising Office on 01603 626433 or e-mail norfolk@macmillan.org.uk for a registration pack

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