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The son of a friend, one Kenneth Dalglish, is planning some slightly excessive fund-raising activity. Here's his pitch:

On 15 March 2011 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I'm a very lucky man: I caught it early and was operated on 3 days later. I had some chemotherapy a fortnight later to make sure any stray cancerous cells were mopped up, and I had more or less recovered when I returned to work 10 weeks later. I'm technically in remission, but the chances are high that I won't have any kind of recurrence and I'll be able to get on with my life as if nothing had happened.

As you can imagine, I feel pretty passionately about spreading the message and indeed looking after those affected; it was a pretty scary time for me and for Laura, who was about 6 weeks pregnant. The day I went back to work, in a spirit of carpe diem, I signed up to run the Marathon des Sables in Morocco in April this year, as a target for getting back to fitness. The MdS is a seven day, 150 mile race in the desert, the ultimate ultra marathon, billed as "The Toughest Footrace on Earth". If I can finish it then I really will have beaten cancer.

Along the way I've set myself a target to raise £10,000 for the Orchid Charity, which is devoted to education and support for guys who get "young man's cancer". If you can, please could you sponsor me? A little or a lot, whatever you've got.

I've got a website, www.saharakenny.com, with lots more information, and where you can donate via JustGiving, or Virgin Money Giving if you prefer. In addition, I know that times are tough but I would dearly love to get corporate sponsorship: if that's something you can help with do let me know, and finally please follow me on Facebook ("saharakenny") and Twitter (@saharakenny) to lend me some moral support!


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