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Stafford paramedic in cancer battle raises cash for hospital research

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

DAREDEVIL...Cancer survivor David Minard is raising money for research into the disease

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HE'S jumped from a plane, cycled a half marathon - and now daredevil dad and cancer survivor David Minard is preparing to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge.

The Stafford paramedic was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer in September 2012.

But despite undergoing two major operations at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, including one to remove the tumour from his bowel, as well as gruelling five-month bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the determined 32-year-old has kept himself upbeat by getting involved in a series of challenging charity feats.

He is now preparing to scale the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours on June 23 and 24 to raise funds for the QE Cancer Appeal.

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Mr Minard, who is married to Hayley, also aged 32, and has two sons, Dylan, aged five, and George, 18 months, explained: "A few work colleagues and I will be taking on this latest challenge because I have seen and experienced first-hand what the Queen Elizabeth Hospital achieves on a daily basis and cannot speak highly enough of the care and treatment I received.

"The amazing and advanced work that the staff perform at this hospital is incredible. I'm proud to support such a worthy cause. Plus, all the funds I raise will go to helping others who are battling this horrible disease."

Mr Minard, of Western Downs, said his cancer diagnosis came as a complete shock.

"I went to the gym four or five times a week and ran at least once or twice a week, my diet was good and I thought I was in peak health," he said. "But as many stories before mine have shown, cancer is not picky and sometimes has no logic.

"I am raising money to give myself goals to strive for and achieve. I am still a long way from completing treatment."

But he said his family and doctors did have some qualms about his skydive - as he was half way through his chemotherapy treatment at the time.

So far, his exploits have raised more than £5,170 for the QE Cancer Appeal which is bringing state-of-the-art equipment and drugs to the hospital.

Funds raised are currently being ploughed into clinical trials testing combinations of everyday drugs to see if they have an effect on cancer.

Mr Minard, a paramedic for 11 years, is based at the West Midlands Ambulance Service centre at Tollgate, Stafford.

He will be tackling the Three Peaks event with paramedic colleagues Simon Mayer, Kevin Webster, Andrew Wright, Duncan Morrison, Philip Smith, Russell Sambrooke and Ben White.

To make a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/ dave-minard/new/2.

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