Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Great North Run Veteran Jim's Tragic Cancer Death

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Great North Run Veteran Jim's Tragic Cancer Death

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter

him. He may have been but he was like somee who was in their 40s. "He was fit and healthy d looked young, with a ung outlook on life.

I did not think that anyng like this would hapn to Jim as he took care himself, always eating ll and exercising." Five years ago, Jim went see his GP after he came concerned about mole on the front of his shoulder. He was erred to Newcastle's yal Victoria Infirmary d it was confirmed that former telephone sales pervisor had melanoma. lowing surgery to move the cancer, medics ieved that it had not ead around his body d Jim carried on enjoylife to the full.

But sadly at the start of s year he began to feel well and suffered reme pain in his pelvis d his legs gave way while was at home.

Things became so bad the was admitted to spital for more than two eks, but the severity of m's situation did not come clear until March en scans showed a rogue skin cancer cell had caused the illness to spread to his brain, liver, lungs and hip.

Jim underwent a number of gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy sessions but, just two months later, he died peacefully, on May 13.

His daughter Caroline, 28, said: "I was a daddy's girl and I loved the fact that he was my best friend. We had a fantastic family life and we are very lucky to have had dad in our lives.

"All he was bothered about was his family and his best friends. I feel so close to him, but I know that he has gone."

Jim began running seriously when he was in his 30 and in the early days used to be a member of the Wallsend Harriers and Athletic club.

He enjoyed running in the mornings and would often go to the Rising Sun Country Park, being no stranger to running the length of a half marathon at the weekends.

He completed every Great North Run, along with eight full marathons, and even cycled up the challenging Vesuvius Volcano in Italy. …

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