A spanish nurse currently living in Masham, North Yorkshire, will travel to Nicaragua, Central America, in September in a quest to raise vital funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Juan Dual, who currently works as a waiter at the Kings Head Hotel, decided to raise money for the charity after undergoing surgery to prevent colorectal cancer.
The 30-year-old was diagnosed with familial adenomatous polyposis, a rare condition which runs in his family, 10 years ago. The condition causes hundreds or thousands of small growths called polyps to grow in the large bowel. If these polyps aren’t treated, some of them are likely to develop into cancer. He has since had his stomach, rectum and colon removed and underwent his last surgery in 2013.
Juan has already completed a coast-to-coast bike ride, events from the Dales Trail series and the Lake District Total Warrior challenge in preparation for his trip across the Atlantic.
Once in Nicaragua he will spend five months taking part in cycling and running challenges while volunteering at a local school, before completing the Fire and Water 25K trail in Playa Santo Domingo, Isla de Ometepe.
After this, he will cycle 4,400 miles to Ushuaia, the most southern reachable point in South America.
I’ve always been an active guy and I realised that life is so short following my surgeries. Now that I’ve recovered, I want to experience life again and take myself on new adventures instead of sitting at home watching TV.
I’ve decided to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research because I like what they do. I’m in love with Yorkshire and the Dales and the beautiful landscapes. Yorkshire has taken a piece of my heart so it was impossible not to choose a local charity. I hope that my story inspires others who think they can’t accomplish great things.
Abbie Davis, Community Fundraising Assistant at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:
We’re very grateful to Juan for choosing us as his charity and wish him the very best of luck in Nicaragua and South America. It’s incredible to think that Juan has completed, and is preparing for, so many demanding challenges just two years after surgery and we admire his dedication and spirit.
You can sponsor Juan by visiting www.justgiving.com/Juan-Dual/ and follow his progress at www.runnife.com. For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk